Urban Agriculture

Kühe am Stadtrand der Stadt Zürich
Kühe am Stadtrand der Stadt Zürich (Image: Marion Nitsch)
Kühe am Stadtrand der Stadt Zürich
Kühe am Stadtrand der Stadt Zürich (Image: Marion Nitsch)

Lead: Heidrun Moschitz (FiBL), Ruth Moser (Agridea; E-Mail: ruth.moser@agridea.ch)

Members: Gaëlle Bigler (FRACP), Jérémie Forney (Universität Neuchâtel), Ingrid Jahrl (FiBL), Christoph Küffer (HSR), Moritz Maurer (Universität Basel), Joëlle Salomon Cavin (Universität Lausanne), Sophie Rochefort (hepia), Bettina Scharrer (CDE, Universität Bern), Hans Wydler (ZHAW)

Goals and focus

By urban agriculture, the working group Urban Agriculture understands all types of food production or agricultural production within urban regions that are oriented towards the supply of cities. Urban agriculture integrates all functions of agriculture, i.e. food supply, landscape, recreation and ecology. This deliberately broad definition is necessary to understand the scope, complexity and hybrid nature of urban agriculture. The focus on urban agriculture allows a change of perspective on the relationships between agriculture, city and food as well as on urban-rural relationships.

The objectives of the working group are to promote scientific knowledge and public recognition of urban agriculture in Switzerland and to facilitate research related to urban agriculture. It brings together people who are committed to the development and conceptual background of urban agriculture and who wish to strengthen cooperation between research, teaching and practice.

Current activities

In 2018, the working group Urban Agriculture continued its broad discussion on the transformation of the food system, including the organisation of an expert workshop entitled "City and Agriculture - Renewing the Dialogue". This workshop was conceived and carried out as part of a cooperation project financed by the SAGW in cooperation with the Swiss Society for Agricultural Economics and Sociology (SGA) and the Swiss Society for Rural History (SGLG). The invited experts from administration, practice, science, associations and civil society associations drew up the basis for an interpretation of a new relationship between the city and agriculture. Four areas of action were defined: Knowledge and knowledge exchange; social and economic relations; municipal and agricultural institutions and actors; agricultural and spatial planning policy.

The results of the workshop are now available in the form of the "Diskussionspapier: Stadt und Landwirtschaft im Dialog" (in German and French).

Further Publications

  • Moschitz, Heidrun (2018) Where is urban food policy in Switzerland? A frame analysis. International Planning Studies, 23 (2), S. 180-194. (DOI-Link)

  • Publications

  • 2019

Document de synthès: Dialogue entre ville et agriculture

Aujourd’hui, la façon de produire et de consommer des aliments contribue de manière significative à l’impact environnemental. Ce document de synthèse présente des champs d’actions et propose des solutions qui visent à une conception durable des systèmes alimentaires urbains en Suisse. L’accent est mis sur le dialogue entre la ville et l’agriculture et le potentiel de celui-ci à promouvoir la durabilité au sein de
notre alimentation.
  • 2018

Combining complementary and related expertise in transdisciplinary projects

A combination of complementary and related expertise ensured the success of the workshop "The City and Agriculture. Renewing the Dialogue". Can this insight be applied to transdisciplinary research in general?
Urbane Agrikultur - Titelbild
  • 2017

Urbane Agrikultur - Impulse für eine nachhaltige Transformation von Stadt und Land

Bei der saguf-Jahrestagung 2016 wurden ausgehend von Praxisbeispielen die
Potenziale und Herausforderungenn urbaner Agrikultur für eine nachhaltige Transformation von Stadt und Land diskutiert.
Urban Agriculture: Passing Fad or New Prospects for Agriculture and Cities?
  • 2016

Urban Agriculture: Passing Fad or New Prospects for Agriculture and Cities?

While urban agriculture might be considered a passing fad, we argue that it is a vehicle to deal with many urgent topics of societal transformation towards a sustainable future. We discuss the potential of urban agriculture to change agriculture and urban life.