Urban foodsheds.

date. 2020-2021

country. India, Sub Saharan Africa, World

method. estimation of urban foodsheds, linking food demand with food supply using detailed crop modeling and travel times

client. Netherlands Environmental Agency (PBL), for IFAD

partners. Wageningen Environmental Research

publication. IFAD Research Series 71: Urbanizing food systems: exploring opportunities for rural transformation

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A growing urban population requires more food, transforming food systems and impacting rural development. Especially Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia will face large increases in the number of people living in cities. Increased demand for food can be a catalyst of much needed change and transformation in rural areas, increasing farmer income. But this transformation has to take place within the local and regional resource boundaries, such as the available land area and water resources. The changing food demand of cities requires a reassessment of the production capacity, both local, regional and global. Where should food for an urbanizing world come from? This study will visualize the amount of land and water needed, now and in 2050, to meet the urban food demand through 'foodsheds'.