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As urban agriculture grows worldwide, a key need is to ensure that the nexus of food, energy, and water is optimized to utilise urban resources sustainably. This project will ask farmers to measure the efficiency of urban agriculture case studies in five developed countries by quantifying usage of energy, water and other resources. Data gathered will be used to model the resource flows of urban agriculture. This will enable the identification of methods to improve efficiency, also at a city-scale. An online platform for urban food producers will be created to share knowledge and experience gained within this project and to communicate the methods to increase resource effi ciency of urban agriculture.
This roadmap identifies policy recommendations for a desirable future for urban agriculture in 2050 based on policy reviews, interviews and workshops. In particular, this work assesses how and to what degree policy can be developed to create synergies between urban agriculture and cities’ food, water and energy nexus. The report is designed for use by policy makers, public authorities and other stakeholders who want to support a shift towards an urban agriculture in which the nexus between food production, water and energy use, and social benefits is optimised.
FEW-meter – an integrative model to measure and improve urban agriculture towards circular urban metabolism
Budget: 1.516.738 €
Contact: Lidia Poniży, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and S.Caputo@kent.ac.uk
Partners: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poznan University of Life Sciences, City of Gorzów Wlkp, Polish Allotment Gardeners’ Association Gorzow Wlkp. Branch, ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development, School of Architecture, University of Portsmouth, LEAP Micro AD Ltd, Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, AgroParisTech, IRSTV – CNRS FR2488, The City University of New York, Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment