The 1st international conference on urban agriculture and city sustainability aims to review and discuss ways in which urban agriculture can contribute to achieving sustainable cities.
The increasing number of people in cities requires new strategies to supply the necessary food with limited provision of land and decreasing resources. This will become more challenging unless innovative solutions for growing and distributing food in urban environments are considered. A growing number of initiatives exploring innovative methods and processes for a sustainable food production aims to provide alternative models that shift the power back from the global food system to communities and farmers improving social cohesion, health and wellbeing. The Urban Agriculture conference will address these challenges and search for new solutions. Discussions will evaluate the importance, challenges and risks of innovative food production within cities and the associated environmental, social, ecological and economic considerations.
Topics presented at the conference include:
- Development and planning (e.g. green infrastructures and sustainable urbanism, continuous productive urban landscaping)
- Urban farms (e.g. permaculture and agricultural forestry, vertical greening and rooftop gardens)
- Socio-economic aspects (e.g. education and training, community gardens)
- Innovations and benefits (e.g. waste food recovery and recycling, ecological water systems)