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.


John Reich