Urban farming is not just about cultivating food in the big cities - urban farming is also about creating coherence between countryside and city, as well as the areas between them.
There is a need to increase our attention on the connection between cities and their surrounding agricultural areas, and here we should examine the challenging conditions that agriculture has in suburban and peri-urban areas. In these areas, obvious opportunities exist for the creation of alternative and complementary production systems, where farms can create reciprocity between resource consumption and recycling, for example by recycling wastewater from the cities. Here too, factories and facilities can be established to collect and use urban waste for agricultural nutrients.
Peri-urban production can revitalise local communities
By having food production closer to the consumer, local agricultural production can inject new vitality into local communities. We already know that production in peri-urban areas creates derived positive effects and affect social aspects, but we still need to understand how best to implement peri-urban food production and create a suitable regulatory framework. For example, there is a need for more knowledge about how urban cultivation systems match the major conventional farming systems. There are also significant challenges in the fact that the legal framework does not necessarily support the establishment of urban production systems, and it is therefore necessary to evaluate different administrative models and their possible implementation.
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Examples of urban production
- What role do small urban production facilities play, when they come in closer contact with consumers and involve user groups that are typically not affected by new trends, such as socially vulnerable citizens?
- Establishment and development of urban farming projects in peri-urban areas. This could include insect rearing in an urban production facility (municipal cooperation).
- Identify relevant cases for the implementation of urban farming, including different technical scenarios, their budget and socio-economic profitability, and comparisons to other forms of production
- Compile an overview of the prevalence of urban farming in Europe
Establish partnerships for research and development that address the needs of urban farmers, practical aspects of food production and peri-urban farm establishment, as well as regulatory evaluation and city planning elements.