Urban Food Systems
Our pioneering Urban Food Systems research helps scientists, farmers and policymakers design equitable urban food systems that promote wellness and urban resilience.
Why Are We Tackling Urban Food Systems Challenges?
Urban food systems can promote community health, but they are affected by many factors. For example, social inequalities, inefficient supply chains, expensive real estate and city zoning requirements all contribute to food insecurity, food waste and constraints on urban growers. Climate change also stresses urban food systems by disrupting social and economic resources.
The solution is developing thriving urban food systems.
Technological and policy breakthroughs help agriculture adapt to urban environments and minimize pollution. These developments can also make healthy food physically and economically accessible to urban populations. Strong regional food and agriculture economies provide growth opportunities, securing farmers’ futures.
We work with, and within, urban communities to understand how systems – including the regional food system, transportation, housing and others – can promote food and nutritional security. This rigorous research portfolio brings together growers, suppliers and consumers to build healthy, sustainable urban food and agriculture systems.
Urban Food Systems Research Vision
Our research focuses on:
- Economically viable production systems in urban and regional agriculture
- Production practices in and across food and social networks
- Systems-level solutions to food and nutritional insecurity
- Urban resource management
This research supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 17 global goals to enhance peace and prosperity, eradicate poverty and protect the planet. Our Urban Food System Challenge Area builds partnerships to fund research that support the following SDGs:
We Pioneer Urban Food Systems Research
We match every federal dollar with private funding, delivering a powerful return on taxpayer investment. This funding supports bold, collaborative grants that fill critical knowledge gaps and propel actionable science.
Our audacious work advances the food and agriculture systems in cities of all types, developing new urban farming systems and helping crops thrive in urban environments. Our projects provide a healthier quality of life for urban communities and their residents.
Learn more about our Urban Food Systems grants, programs and consortium.
Urban Food System Awarded Grants
Integrating Community and Modeling Efforts to Evaluate Impacts and Tradeoffs of Food System
Finding the Proper Levers: Identifying Leverage Points for Tranformation in Urban Food Systems Through Participatory