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Cities and Agriculture

Developing Resilient Urban Food Systems, 1st Edition

Edited by Henk de Zeeuw, Pay Drechsel


432 pages | 109 B/W Illus.

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As people increasingly migrate to urban settings and more than half of the world's population now lives in cities, it is vital to plan and provide for sustainable and resilient food systems which reflect this challenge. This volume presents experience and evidence-based "state of the art" chapters on the key dimensions of urban food challenges and types of intra- and peri-urban agriculture.

The book provides urban planners, local policy makers and urban development practitioners with an overview of crucial aspects of urban food systems based on an up to date review of research results and practical experiences in both developed and developing countries. By doing so, the international team of authors provides a balanced textbook for students of the growing number of courses on sustainable agriculture, food and urban studies, as well as a solid basis for well-informed policy making, planning and implementation regarding the development of sustainable, resilient and just urban food systems.


From the Foreword:

"I can only congratulate the many scientists and practitioners for their valuable contributions to this important publication and very much hope it will find its way to national and local policy-makers, urban planners, academia, non-governmental groups, producers and consumers organizations, private sector companies and others that can make a contribution to building more resilient food systems through concerted and far-sighted action at the level of the city region." - HRH The Prince of Wales

Table of Contents

1. Urban Food Systems

Johannes S.C. Wiskerke

2. Urban Food Policies and Programmes: An Overview

Lauren Baker and Henk de Zeeuw

3. Process and Tools for Multi-stakeholder Planning of the Urban Agro-food System

Henk de Zeeuw and Marielle Dubbeling

4. Agriculture in Urban Design and Spatial Planning

Andre Viljoen, Johannes Schlesinger, Katrin Bohn and Axel Drescher

5. Urban Agriculture and Short Chain Food Marketing in Developing Countries

Paule Moustier and Henk Renting

6. Urban Agriculture’s Contributions to Urban Food Security and Nutrition

Maria Gerster-Bentaya

7. Productive and Safe Use of Urban Organic Wastes and Wastewater in Urban Food Production Systems in Low-income Countries

Pay Drechsel, Ben Keraita, Olufunke Cofie and J. Nikiema

8. Urban Agriculture and Climate Change

Shuaib Lwasa and Marielle Dubbeling

9. Urban Horticulture

Hubert de Bon, Robert J. Holmer and Christine Aubry

10. Urban Livestock Keeping

Delia Grace, Johanna Lindahl, Maria Correa and Manish Kakkar

11. Urban (Agro-)forestry

Fabio Salbitano

12. Urban Aquaculture for Resilient Food Systems

Stuart Bunting and David Little

13. Gendering Urban Food Strategies across Multiple Scales

Liam Riley and Alice Hovorka

14. Financing Urban Agriculture: What Do We Know and What Should We Know

Yves Cabannes

15. Role of Urban Agriculture in Disasters and Emergencies

Andrew Adam-Bradford and René van Veenhuizen

About the Author/Editors

Henk de Zeeuw is Senior Advisor at the RUAF Foundation, based in Leusden, the Netherlands. The RUAF Foundation (Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security) is a global network and a leading centre of expertise in the field of (intra- and peri-) Urban Agriculture and City Region Food Strategies.

Pay Drechsel is Principal Researcher at the International Water Management Institute, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Leader of the Flagship on Recovering and Reusing Resources in Urbanized Ecosystems of the CGIAR Water, Land and Ecosystems Research Program.

About the Series

Earthscan Food and Agriculture

Earthscan Food and Agriculture
This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to food and agriculture, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Agribusiness
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban