This Think Piece evaluates to what extent, and in which conditions, urban agriculture can enhance the sustainability of urban-rural food systems and promote a circular economy in cities.

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      Urban Agriculture’s Potential to Advance Multiple Sustainability Goals

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      Since 2007, the International Resource Panel has provided impactful scientific assessments on the status, dynamics and implications of natural resource use in cities and in food systems. This Think Piece developed together with UNEP Cities Unit, evaluates to what extent, and in which conditions, urban agriculture can help cities move towards sustainable urban food systems and a circular economy. The Think Piece provides an analysis of different types and forms of urban agriculture to help understand their natural resource use implications benefits and trade-offs across multiple sustainability goals, acknowledging local and regional specificities. The Think Piece is accompanied by a policy guidance document that presents a road map for designing “fit-for-purpose” urban agriculture policies, taking into account the interaction between urban and rural systems.

       

      Recommended citation: International Resource Panel (2021). Urban Agriculture’s Potential to Advance Multiple Sustainability Goals: An International Resource Panel Think Piece. Ayuk, E.T., Ramaswami, A., Teixeira, I., Akpalu, W., Eckart, E., Ferreira, J., Kirti, D., and de Souza Leao, V. A think piece of the International Resource Panel. Nairobi: United Nations Environment Programme.

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       Vertical farming, is expected to reach a value of USD 7.3 billion globally by 2025.

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      By 2050, 70 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas, and 80 per cent of food globally is expected to be consumed in cities.

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      The expansion of green areas in cities can potentially contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, heat and flood mitigation, erosion reduction and carbon capture.

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