Urban food systems

The urbanizing world brings challenges, such as the need to find new ways to access food, energy, water and land and new policies for regulation. We need design of food systems, stakeholder involvement and innovations to feed growing urban populations. This requires a deep understanding and knowledge of natural resources, distribution chains, public, private and civic interactions and geographical contexts. Wageningen University & Research brings together agricultural, social, economic, circular and environmental expertise to help design solutions for and provide stakeholders with a solid scientific basis to deal with these challenges.

  • Urban food systems

Multidisciplinary solutions for urban food systems

Developing sustainable and resilient urban food systems (conform SDG 2) is essential to ensure food production and nutrition security (contributing to SDG 6). For an urban food system transition, it is important to recognise that the system is wider than just agriculture and food. It is also about including natural resources, water and climate. We offer multidisciplinary solutions for urban food systems based on solid research and proven innovations in the agricultural, social, circular and environmental domains. These solutions include:

Complex transition processes are urgently required to ensure a circular and resource efficient food system that provides the healthy food that billions of people need for their well-being.
Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board


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