As agriculture advances, it is moving from the fields into urban environments. The Urban Food Systems Challenge Area enhances our ability to feed urban populations through urban and peri-urban agriculture, augmenting the capabilities of our current food system.
This Challenge Area targets research and technology development that includes:
- Advancing/development of economically viable production systems in urban and peri-urban agriculture
- Networked production practices
- Systems level solutions to food and nutritional insecurity
- Urban resource management
The Urban Food Systems Challenge Area supports innovative, systems level approaches aimed at reducing food and nutritional insecurity in a broad socioeconomic and environmental context. This work emphasizes transformational approaches that connect multiple aspects of urban environments both within and outside of urban agriculture.