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.
The RUAF Foundation is a leading centre of expertise in the field of (intra- and peri-) Urban Agriculture and City Region Food Strategies. 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.
Linking Cities on Urban Agriculture and Urban Food Systems
The RUAF Foundation and ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability have joined forces and initiated a cities’ exchange and learning network that aims to enhance local capacities to develop sustainable and resilient city-region food systems. “We call for the development of ecosystems-based approaches for city-region food systems that ensure food security, contribute to urban poverty eradication, protect and enhance local level biodiversity and strengthen urban resilience and adaptation” Bonn Declaration of Mayors, June 2013.