Assessments on Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture

Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) provides an important source of fresh vegetables, poultry, eggs, dairy, and nonstaple foods to cities, thus contributing to dietary diversity in urban areas and stimulating economic activity in the urban food system. However, UPA systems are under pressure because of rapid urban growth, weak governance over land and water allocation in peri-urban spaces, urban pollution, and climate change. START is partnering with several organizations to undertake a nine city assessments on urban and peri-urban agriculture for the purpose of better understanding and characterizing threats to UPA and to identify appropriate actions to ensure its longterm sustainability.

The assessments examine UPA through the lens of intensifying urban pressures and increasing climate risks, with the objective of identifying how these two key drivers could potentially interact to undermine the long-term sustainability of UPA, and what response options are needed. The assessments are intended to examine (1) the current state of knowledge and where key knowledge gaps exist; (2) climate trends and projections in the context of important nonclimate stressors that, if addressed, could reduce exposure to climate risks and build adaptive capacity; and (3) critical areas for strengthening scientific capacity in order to better inform decision making on risk management and adaptation that have direct implications for UPA and urban food systems.

West Africa Regional Stakeholder Workshop, 30-31 March & 1 April 2011, Accra, Ghana
East Africa Regional Stakeholder Workshop, 4-5 April 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
South Asia Regional Stakeholder Workshop, 18-19 April 2011, Kathmandu, Nepal
City Assessment Workshop, 24-26 October 2011, Nairobi, Kenya

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START is working in partnership with UN Environmental Programme, the World Meteorological Organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the US Agency for International Development, the University of Ghana, the University of Dar es Salaam and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies.

Last Updated on February 26th, 2014