RUAF Urban Agriculture and Food Systems website


A worker pulls radishes in one of Real Food Farm's hoophouses
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What our partners and stakeholders say:

“We strongly believe that RUAF has a unique niche on the trajectory from research to impact. As core partner of RUAF, we are supporting its objectives with research-based solutions, to spearhead stakeholder dialogues and policy development in our urbanising world.”

Pay Drechsel, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

“The city of Ghent is proud to be a partner of RUAF since 2015. It allows us to be involved in the international work on sustainable urban food systems. Moreover RUAF helps us to build bridges to other front runners such as Toronto and Quito. Also, the expertise of RUAF in urban food policies and research is valuable in strengthening the work on Ghent en Garde our local food policy”.

Tine Heyse, Deputy Mayor for the city of Ghent

“Supported by RUAF, Quito joined the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact in 2015, and became one of the 8 cities throughout the world that tested and implemented a method for a city region food system assessment. RUAF is a key ally for the strengthening of food policy given its vast experience and record on the matter. RUAF made our work on urban agriculture visible on an international platform, and connected us to important global alliances regarding sustainable food systems”.

Mauricio Rodas, Former Mayor, Municipality of the Metropolitan District of Quito

“We considered RUAFs evaluation of our food policy as very positive. It has yielded new insights, and the research has had a real impact on our organisation. The combination of a substantive report and the practical translation into practice, is one of RUAF’s strengths.”

Froukje Idema, Programme Manager Food, City of Ede

“With RUAF’s expertise and technical support, the City Deal helps to operationalise the MUFPP framework. I am impressed with RUAF in the development of the City Deal because a fair local food system extends beyond city jurisdictions and the City Deal provides the unifying policy framework that is creating a strong national network of cities within the Netherlands. I look forward to applying the lessons I learned from my time spent in the Netherlands to Baltimore City and to the United States Conference of the Mayors Food Policy Advisor Network.”

Holly Freishtat, Food Policy Director for Baltimore City