RUAF Urban Agriculture and Food Systems website

Our work

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The RUAF Global Partnership supports the development of sustainable and resilient peri- urban agriculture and city region food systems. We do this through creating and sharing knowledge, expertise, and good practices, and by providing policy advice, and building capacity within governments and other organisations.

RUAF synthesises knowledge from its exchange, advocacy and learning activities. We disseminate this knowledge online through the Urban Agriculture Magazine, RUAF papers and newsletters and through partner publications, and at international meetings and events.

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Strategic direction 2018-2023

Every five years the RUAF Global Partnership reviews its strategy and membership charter. For the period 2018-2023, the RUAF Global Partnership supports and promotes knowledge exchanges between cities and towns on specific issues of sustainable food systems.

The partnership aims to:

  1. Promote localised systems of production and consumption for more inclusive food systems
  2. Strengthen the resilience of urban food systems
  3. Strengthen the role of cities in food policy governance

The pursuit of those three goals is guided by the following principles: the universal right to food; sustainable and resilient cities; and multi-stakeholder engagement.

For more information see the RUAF Strategy 2018-2023.

Why Ruaf is needed

Cities play a crucial role in addressing community needs, sustainable economic development and ecological security. Urbanisation is driving rapid transformation of food systems and food security. The world produces more food than ever before, yet dietary diversity is declining and food insecurity is on the rise. Malnutrition (both under-nourishment and overweight and obesity) has become a major urban issue, affecting low income and vulnerable residents in particular, with alarming implications for public health. Meanwhile, cities’ dependence on outside food sources means their food systems are at risk from shocks and stresses resulting from the effects of climate change. A vigorous debate exists on how to achieve a resilient and sustainable food supply.