RUAF facilitates reuse of solid and liquid wastes in (intra- and peri-) urban agriculture through applied research, development of safe reuse practices, staff training, design of municipal resource recovery strategies and documenting business models that combine productivity with reduced environmental impacts.
RUAF is a global partnership on sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems. RUAF is a not-for-profit organisation in operation since 1999 that seeks to contribute to the development of sustainable cities through awareness raising, knowledge generation and dissemination, capacity development and technical advice, research, policy design and action planning for resilient and equitable urban food systems. For RUAF’s main areas of work see Focus Areas below.
Our Focus Areas
RUAF supports local governments in the integration of (intra- and peri-) urban agriculture and forestry in city climate change and disaster risk reduction strategies by identifying climate smart types of urban agriculture and forestry, training local staff and inclusion of food in urban land use planning.
RUAF collaborates with municipalities and other local actors to realise food projects with urban poor and vulnerable groups to enhance their access to nutritious food through home-, school- and community gardens, collective food buying cooperatives and use of "low space" technologies.
RUAF assists groups of small scale urban producers in the analysis of market demand, in establishing direct linkages with potential buyers (e.g. consumers looking for organic food, restaurants) and in the establishment and running of small scale value adding enterprises and product delivery systems.
RUAF assists local governments and other stakeholders in the analysis, planning and development of more resilient city-region food systems by provision of guidelines and toolkits and training staff in urban food system assessment and the design and implementation of adequate food policies and programmes.
RUAF Global Partnership
In 2016, RUAF Foundation, renewed the RUAF Global Partnership on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems. The current members of the RUAF Partnership are a mix of municipalities, research institutes, and NGOs and include: the International Water Management Institute based in Colombo, Sri Lanka; The Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences based in Beijing; The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University based in Canada; The Toronto Food Policy Council; CONQUITO - Economic Promotion Agency of the Municipality of Quito in Ecuador; The Municipality of Ghent and the NGOs Economia e Sostenibilita from Milan and the Mazingira Institute based in Nairobi, Kenya.