RUAF Foundation undertakes policy- and action-oriented research in the fields of intra- and peri-urban agriculture, urban food security, city regional food systems, food policies, and related issues (nutrition and food safety, productive reuse of urban wastes and wastewater in agriculture, and short food chains).
The research undertaken by the RUAF partners often focuses on closing the gap between policy and practice by providing policy makers with evidence-based information on the food production and distribution systems in the city region, related challenges and alternative strategies to meet these challenges, and their expected results and costs.
RUAF Foundation is frequently requested to assist in the design, monitoring and evaluation of urban food policies and projects, and implements and supports research projects that seek to enhance innovation (both technical and socio-organisational) in (intra- and peri-) urban agriculture and related inputs-providing, value-adding and marketing activities.
RUAF trains researchers to liaise with policy makers and other stakeholders in urban food systems, and to communicate their findings to them in an effective way through methods such as the preparation and dissemination of fact sheets and policy briefs and the organisation of seminars for senior officers and decision makers.
RUAF Foundation applies a participatory, multi-disciplinary and gender-positive approach in its research projects, which normally also have a strong learning (sharing, training, coaching) component in order to facilitate the development of local institutional capacities.
Research projects under implementation or recently concluded by the RUAF Foundation include the following: