The world is rapidly urbanizing. According to UN estimates, more than two thirds of all people may be living in urban areas in 2050. At the same time, only 15–20% of the world’s food is produced in urban areas, making food security for urban populations a major challenge that will only intensify in the future.
The present study provides an introduction to the concept and definition(s) of urban agriculture, describes the state of knowledge in German and Chinese research, as well as the political support for research of relevant technologies and practices in both countries. It then presents examples and best practices to show the diversity of urban farming practices in Germany, Europe, and in China.
Author: Rita Merkle