Multifunctional Land Use

Next to the provision of fresh food and animal feed, urban agriculture may play other functions in the city system, and combine different functions in one area of land (multi-functionality). Municipal authorities increasingly understand the role (intra- and peri-) urban farmers can play in environmental management (like the recycling of urban wastes, urban stormwater management, lowering urban temperatures and dust, maintaining urban biodiversity) while innovative farmers in and around cities are offering nowadays a variety of recreational services (staying on farm, horse riding, etcetera), playing a role in maintaining the cultural landscape and other services (e.g., on farm care for elderly people or with people with a psychological, eco-education, ...) in response to the demands of citizens and city region managers.

For an introduction into this subject please go to the Editorial of the Urban Agriculture Magazine on Multifunctional landuse 

Go to RUAF publications for an overview of RUAF publications on this topic (most of which are available online). You may also view the articles in the Urban Agriculture Magazine on this topic or use the Search option.

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