Food security is a critical challenge in rapidly urbanizing low-income regions of the world where poverty is increasingly urbanized and the urban poor are highly sensitive to rising food prices. Climate change is likely to bring increasing volatility to food prices, which could further exacerbate urban food insecurity.

Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) could provide an important resource for addressing urban food insecurity; however our understanding of UPA’s potential and its limitations in meeting future urban food security under a changing climate is limited. To address the need for more knowledge, an assessment on UPA and climate change was recently initiated in 9 cities across Africa and South Asia.