Wageningen approach - Urban agriculture

Urban agriculture comes in many shapes and forms. It can be a garden on a rooftop or balcony, an allotment for amateur gardeners or professional urban food production and processing at the edges of a city. Each of these types of urban agriculture should be given its place under the sun, according to their initiators. Urban agriculture can contribute to a liveable and sustainable city in many ways (People, Planet, Profit). It may help to reduce the urban environmental footprint.

Urban agriculture combines a variety of functions and requires a plethora of knowledge and expertise. Wageningen UR, expert in the field of ‘Quality of Life’, has all this expertise available and can apply (scientific) knowledge in a practical, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary way. Our researchers work together with practical experts and with stakeholders of multiple interests and backgrounds.

Wageningen UR aims to contribute to the development of urban agriculture in a number of ways:

  • By designing and researching new concepts for urban land use;
  • By working with stakeholders to develop concepts into tangible initiatives;
  • By connecting (the initiatives of) community and public organisations with citizens and business owners;
  • By planning to create space for urban agriculture (both in spatial planning and in legal structures);
  • By evaluating in order to learn from successes and challenges and to be able to advise policy makers and business partners.