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                 Urban Agriculture Strategy Meeting


Drivers for sustainable urban food production

Gustav-Stresemann-Institute, Bonn 28 May 2014


For urban and peri-urban agriculture to be able to feed a larger part of the urban population as well as for enhancing opportunities of city-region food systems to contribute to local employment and revenue generation, city-business models for sustainable urban food production require more attention. Around the world different business models are being implemented and analysed, from small-scale urban farming enterprises led by urban producers, to franchise models, to vertical farming with latest technologies. These models include food production, collection, distribution & marketing, connect to local programs on healthy food and educating people on alternatives to fast food, and involve different stakeholders. 

Local/regional governments play varying roles to ensure the successful planning and implementation of sustainable market-oriented urban food production. 

Which policy and legislation frameworks at local and supra-local level are required to enable successful urban-regional food production, and in particular city-business cooperation models? How can we ensure integrated policies linked to environment, ecology, health, social needs and urban planning? And how can such an integrated approach as part of a urban resilience strategies be developed most efficiently?  

Urban agriculture business models and city-business cooperation in Asia may have to look different than in European or African cities due to spatial and demographic differences. Sustainable urban food production in large metropolises may demand and provide opportunities for more and more advanced technology than smaller cities. In addition, it will be important to ensure that good quality food is produced, while maximizing resource efficiency. Finally, financing mechanisms viable in some cities may not be possible in others. Hence, the need of developing adaptive city-business models that at the same time can serves as drivers for sustainable financing mechanisms. 


28 May 2014


Gustav-Stresemann Institute (GSI)

Bonn, Germany



- ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
- Plantagon, SA, Sweden


- Convene strategic group of promoters of urban agriculture to advance the discussion on specific aspects

- Bring interested local governments together with organizations and companies acting in this field

- Contribute to a roadmap to resilient urban food systems towards HABITAT III

- Feeding into the preparations for the Global Urban Agriculture Summit in 2015


- Enabling framework for urban agriculture

- City-Business cooperation models

- Quality of urban food




- No participation fee

- Places are limited

- Please indicate your interest to ICLEI (see below)


Format of the strategy meeting

Following stimulating key notes setting the scene, participants interactively discussed with two panels. Each panel was let by a moderator proposing three-four main questions, discussing one at a time to be answered first by the panelists and then by the audience.