Urban Agriculture 

Core Theme 4: Adaption to Climate Change

Instrument: Exploratory workshop

Full title: Exploratory Workshop on Urban (vertical) Agriculture and Adaption to Climate Change

Start-end date: to be defined

 

Urban agriculture and adaption to climate change

Urban farms have enormous potential to increase (urban) food security, because more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and these farms are seen as more climate-resilient than traditional farms. FACCE-JPI is therefore looking for opportunities to integrate urban agriculture into current projects, and is setting up new actions.

Exploratory workshop

Member States will be asked to provide input into an exploratory workshop, that will focus on both high-intensity ‘vertical’ farms and low-intensity, community-based gardens. In the vertical farms, vegetables or other plant species are grown under LED-lamps in sterile and climate-controlled buildings so the plants are not exposed to droughts and pests and are not prone to drought or heavy rainfalls.

Community-based gardens

The low-intensity community-based gardens (or other open urban farms), usually serve multiple purposes, such as job creation, nature protection, care and community building. Because most open urban farms are biodiverse and don’t make use of agrochemicals, these farms are also seen as less risky than traditional agriculture. The fact that urban farming shortens transport distances mitigates climate risks as well as greenhouse gases emissions.

Urban agriculture is a transversal issue across all FACCE-JPI core themes, but it is currently not addressed explicitly in the research action. In the workshop, there are also uncertainties to be discussed, such as to how the potential of these systems can be realized.

The proposed start date for this Exploratory workshop on Urban (Vertical) Agriculture and Adaptation to Climate Change is to be defined.


More actions
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Towards a societal and systemic transformation for the development of sustainable and resilient food systems
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Impacts on climate change - Improving scenario studies
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No more waste in the new bioeconomy
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Nutrition security requires a system approach
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Improving policy interventions to ensure food and nutrition security
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Precision agriculture requires co-creation in networks
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Novel techniques in crop breeding and livestock
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Improving agricultural soil management
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Adaption of agriculture systems
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Need for improved crop quality and yield with resource-use efficient practices
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Combatting water shortages and pollution
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Connecting Research to Policy and Practice
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Translation of key scientific results into possible policy and practice options or other outputs
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Development of options for sustainable intensification of European crop and livestock systems
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Monitoring and mitigation of greenhouse gases
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Mitigation of agricultural greenhouse gases
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State-of-the-art technologies for mapping and soil sampling
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Improving food security through urban farms