RUAF Books and Papers

Multifunctional rooftop horticulture: a promising strategy for intensifying horticulture production in cities

The present review will address the main features of rooftop horticulture, providing an interdisciplinary assessment of different approaches for development and the multi-faceted forms that rooftop horticulture may assume in different contexts, bringing together existing experiences as well as suggestions for planning of future sustainable cities.

Good Urban Food Policy Practices from Cities

The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact consists of a series of tangible commitments for sustainable urban food policies. This book collects 49 good practices from signatory cities that already demonstrate their actions, policies and resultsThe book is edited by a broad team of editors that made up the Technical Team supporting the development of the Pact, including staff of the RUAF Foundation.

Cities and Agriculture - Developing Resilient Urban Food Systems

Edited by Henk de Zeeuw (RUAF Foundation) and Pay Drechsel (International Water Management Institute)

The book provides urban planners, local policy makers and urban development practitioners with an overview of crucial aspects of urban food systems based on an up to date review of research results and practical experiences in both developed and developing countries. By doing so, the international team of authors provides a balanced textbook for students of the growing number of courses on sustainable agriculture, food and urban studies, as well as a solid basis for well-informed policy making, planning and implementation regarding the development of sustainable, resilient and just urban food systems.

Cities, Poverty and Food; Multi-stakeholder Policy and Planning in Urban Agriculture

by Marielle Dubbeling, Henk de Zeeuw and René van Veenhuizen, RUAF Foundation and Practical Action Publishing, 2011 

This book presents the experiences of the RUAF Foundation in multi-stakeholder policy formulation and action planning for urban agriculture gained in 20 cities of 17 countries participating in the Cities Farming for the Future programme. This book provides valuable insights and guidelines which are essential reading for the staff of municipal authorities, NGO's producer groups, universities, agricultural research and extension organisations and others who seek to enhance participatory governance, urban food security, urban poverty alleviation and improved urban environmental management.

Cities, Food and Agriculture: Challenges and the way forward

by Marielle Dubbeling and Henk de Zeeuw, RUAF Foundation, 2009

The RUAF Working paper # 3 discusses a number of critical challenges cities in developing countries are facing nowadays and subsequently analyses in what ways (intra- and peri-) urban agriculture can contribute to  addressing each of these challenges. The paper was prepared by RUAF on request of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in preparation of the World Food Summit on Food Security (Rome, 2009). 

Key Issues and Courses of Action for Municipal Policy Making on Urban Agriculture

by Henk de Zeeuw, Marielle Dubbeling, René van Veenhuizen en Joanna Wilbers, RUAF Foundation, 2009

The RUAF working paper # 2 presents the results of an analysis of the various policy measures and strategies applied with success by local governments to facilitate the development of sustainable and safe (intra- and peri-) urban agriculture and therefor represents an important resource for local policy makers and planners that seek to strengthen the city food system.      

Women Feeding Cities - Mainstreaming gender in urban agriculture and food security

Alice Hovorka, Henk de Zeeuw and Mary Njenga (eds.), RUAF Foundation and Practical Action Publishing, UK, 2009.

This book analyses the roles of women and men in urban food production and through case studies from three developing regions suggests how women’s contribution might be maximized. In the second part, detailed guidelines and tools show how to bring women into the mainstream of urban agriculture research and development. Providing evidence from around the world as well as field-tested guidelines, Women Feeding Cities is essential reading for both policy makers, planners, researchers and practitioners working on urban agriculture programmes.

Multi-stakeholder Policy Formulation and Action Planning for Sustainable Urban Agriculture Development

by Marielle Dubbeling and Henk de Zeeuw (RUAF Foundation) 2007

The RUAF working paper # 1 presents the lessons learnt in the RUAF "Cities Farming for the Future" Programme (4 years, 17 cities) with muti-stakeholder situations analysis, policy development and action planning regarding (intra- and peri-) urban agriculture. The various steps in the process are discussed as well as critical facilitating and constraining factors and how to manage such factors. Tools developed by the RUAF partners are briefly discussed.  

Cities Farming for the Future - Urban Agriculture for Green and Productive Cities

by René van Veenhuizen (ed.). RUAF Foundation, IDRC and IIRR Publishing, 2006

This book presents the progress made in the field of (intra- and peri-) urban agriculture research, policy and development since the ground breaking report UNDP publication "Urban Agriculture". In 14 chapters, experts provide a "state of the art" of the knowledge and experience gained since the mid nineties of the past century in different types of urban agriculture (horticulture, forestry, livestock,aquaculture) and various key issues for policymaking and planning on urban agriculture (multi-stakeholder involvement and gender issues, integration in urban land use planning, economic aspects and marketing, productive reuse of urban wastes, technology development for urban agriculture and financing urban agriculture.    

Annotated Bibliography on Urban Agriculture

by Wietse Bruinsma and Wilfrid Hertog (Eds.), RUAF and Sida, 2002

The annotated bibliography contains a comprehensive literature overview under 16 subject headings. Each chapter contains a "state of the art" paper on the subject followed by selected literature references with abstracts.
The bibliography and the state of the thematic papers were prepared by RUAF Foundation member organization ETC, the Netherlands, in cooperation with TUAN, New York and a large number of experts in other organisations, with financial support of Sida, Sweden and published by RUAF and Sida in 2002. 

Growing Cities Growing Food: Urban Agriculture on the Policy Agenda

N. Bakker, M. Dubbeling, S. Guendel, U. Sabel Koschella, H. de Zeeuw (eds.) Growing Cities, Growing Food, Urban Agriculture on the Policy Agenda, DSE, 2000.

The first part of this book contains 7 thematic articles highlighting specific aspects of urban agriculture that were presented at the International Conference on "Growing Cities, Growing Food, Urban Agriculture on the Policy Agenda" realised in October, 1999 that was organised by DSE, Germany in cooperation with Sida, Sweden and CTA, the Netherlands and with technical support of GTZ and RUAF. The second part of the book includes 16 case studies from cities in Africa, Latin America and Europe that were prepared by local RUAF partners under coordination of RUAF member organization ETC, the Netherlands with funding of GTZ, Germany. ETC-RUAF also edited this publication. 

Distance learning courses: Introduction, dimensions, types, policy& planning

The RUAF Foundation developed in close cooperation with Ryerson University (Canada), a series of 4 Courses on Urban Agriculture (each containing 14 learning modules): 1. Understanding Urban Agriculture2. Dimensions of Urban Agriculture3. Types of Urban Agriculture4. Policymaking on Urban Agriculture.