As agriculture advances, it is moving from the fields into urban environments. The Urban Food Systems Challenge Area aims to enhance our ability to feed urban populations through urban and peri-urban agriculture, augmenting the capabilities of our current food system. This Challenge Area will target 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 will support innovative, systems level approaches aimed at reducing food and nutritional insecurity in a broad socioeconomic and environmental context. This work will emphasize transformational approaches that connect multiple aspects of urban environments both within and outside of urban agriculture.