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.

Urban Food Systems research focuses on:

  • 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.

For more information, please review the Urban Food Systems Challenge Area Vision.