RUAF Policy briefs

Policy brief: The role of private sector in city region food systems

This policy brief (2018) reports on a recent study, implemented by RUAF Foundation and supported by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and the CGIAR Water, Land and Ecosystems Research Program (WLE, led by IWMI), on the role of the private sector in building more sustainable and resilient city region food systems.

The policy brief gives insights in the international agendas, private sector engagement and policy support, with illustrations from three cities: Quito (Ecuador), Bristol (UK) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

Safe and productive use of waste for urban and periurban agriculture - RUAF experiences in WASH

‘Safe and productive use of solid and liquid waste’ implies using rainwater or wastewater (treated or untreated) and organic waste (including human/animal excreta) in small-scale urban and peri-urban agricultural production, as part of resilient urban development. Within the framework of the WASH Alliance International (WAI), the RUAF Foundation, worked on this theme with local partners in five countries: Ghana, Nepal, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh (2015).

City region food systems and food waste management- Linking urban and rural areas for sustainable and resilient development.

This brief (2016) describes the results of 13 case studies on city region food systems and food waste management. It provides lessons learned on the institutionalisation of city region food policies and programmes; provisioning of national and legal frameworks embedding city region food systems in broader legislation,  on strengthening of coordination and collaboration across horizontal and vertical government levels, and on design of specific programmes and policies for sustainable city region food systems.

Policy review for urban and peri-urban agriculture development in Namibia

This report reviews different Acts and ordinances bearing on urban and peri-urban agriculture development in Namibia. It reviews acts of relevance to local authorities as well as local authority council regulations, town planning schemes, structure and zoning plans, local economic development and upgrading strategies, the latter with a focus on Windhoek.

Sustainable Urban Food Provisioning (2015)

This brief features recommendations and practices on urban food policy and interventions resulting from the SUPURBFOOD - Sustainable Urban and Peri Urban Food provisioning programme. The brief is elaborated by RUAF, partner in the SUPURBFOOD programme (read more on RUAF's research page). It also constitutes a call for municipal authorities to work together to strengthen capacities and influence relevant regulations (land use policies, food waste, waste recycling and short food chains) at national, European and international levels.

Policy brief: urban agriculture as a climate change strategy (2015)

Policy brief: urban agriculture as a climate change strategy

Climate change impacts on cities are increasing. There is growing recognition of urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry as an important strategy for climate-change adaptation and disaster-risk reduction, while also bringing mitigation and important developmental benefits. Several cities already promote urban agriculture in floodplains, develop rooftop gardens in dense urban settlements, include urban forestry in new housing schemes and preserve peri-urban greenbelts for local food production. This policy brief provides examples from innovative policies and practices from various cities.

Integrating urban agriculture and forestry into climate change action plans: Lessons from Sri Lanka (2014)

This policy brief was elaborated by the RUAF Foundation on the basis of the results of an on-going UN-Habitat and CDKN funded programme to integrate urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry into city and provincial climate change actions plans.  The brief illustrates how the Western Province in Sri Lanka is promoting urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry as a strategy to reduce vulnerability to climate change, while at the same time enhancing urban liveability and livelihoods.

Aquaculture West Africa Policy Briefs (SARNISSA) (2010)

These two Policy Briefs on Aquaculture (the farming of aquatic organisms, including fish, aquatic plants and other aquatic products) in sub-Saharan Africa were prepared by RUAF Foundation on the basis of the results of the SARNISSA studies in 10 sub-Saharan countries and consultations with local senior officers. The policy briefs provide evidence-based recommendations for governments and other stakeholders to ensure aquaculture fully fulfills its potential in SSA. The country studies were implemented by a consortium coordinated by the Aquaculture Institute, Stirling University and funded by the EU.  

Guidelines for Municipal Policymaking on Urban Agriculture (Urban Management Programme in LAC) (2003)

This series of guidelines on nine key issues of urban agriculture was prepared by RUAF member organisation IPES (Lima) in cooperation with Urban Management Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (PGU-ALC) of UNDP and UN-HABITAT  with financial support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada. The policy briefs are published in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Urban Aquaculture Policy briefs S-E-Asia (PAPUSSA) (2006)

This is a series of 5 Policy Briefs prepared by RUAF member organisation ETC on the basis of the results of the studies implemented by the EU funded PAPUSSA (Production in Aquatic Peri-urban Systems in Southeast Asia) project, a collaborative research project of European organisations and Asian partners in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and Bangkok in Thailand coordinated by the Aquaculture Institute of Stirling University.