The RUAF Foundation designs, coordinates and implements development programmes and projects in cooperation with local governments, NGOs, farmer organisations, consumer groups, universities and research organisations, private enterprises and other local, national and international partners (for research projects, advisory services and training activities undertaken by RUAF, see the related sections of the main menu).
RUAF applies a participatory, multi-stakeholder and gender-positive approach to the planning and implementation of its programmes and projects, often starting with a joint analysis of—and dialogue on—the actual food and agriculture situation in the city region, main development opportunities and constraints, strengths and weaknesses of actual policies and regulations regarding intra- and periurban agriculture, the role urban agriculture may play in realising actual key policies (social, economic, ecological) and the priorities for policy change, research and development action.
All RUAF projects have a strong focus on capacity building and empowerment at the level of the municipal authorities involved, and also at the level of farmer and consumer organisations, SMEs, and the governmental and non-governmental actors that play a role in the implementation of these programmes and provide services to urban producers and other stakeholders. Special attention is given to the role of urban agriculture in alleviating poverty, in creating green jobs, and in enhancing food security and income for the urban poor, especially for women and young people.
The RUAF Foundation is oriented towards the delivery of practical and high-quality results, and during project design and implementation the RUAF partners devote systematic attention to the sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness of its activities. Into all projects, RUAF builds systematic qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation of results and impacts as well as broad dissemination of lessons learned regarding the innovations realised and the methods applied.
Development projects under implementation or recently concluded include the following: