Dan Keech has had a paper accepted for publication in the first volume of the new journal Urban Agriculture and Regional Food Systems.
The paper was co-written with Evy Mettepenningen, Marlinde Koopmans, Ilona Kunda and Talis Tisenkopfs and has emerged from CCRI’s involvement in the SUPURBfood project.
The title of the accepted paper is ‘Creating synergies around food in cities’ and it focusses on the phenomenon of multifunctional urban food initiatives (MUFIs) and how, using food as a vehicle, they provide integrative solutions for a number of social, environmental and economic problems in European cities.
Funded under the EU Seventh Framework Programme, the SUPURBfood project explored good practice in the development of food production and consumption within city regions. It investigated how short food chains make a contribution to local food needs, and what this means in terms of food waste, land and water use, as well as soil nutrient levels in the food production areas adjacent to cities. Led by Wageningen University in The Netherlands, the project looked at seven urban case-study regions across Europe: Bristol, Rome, Riga, Rotterdam, Vigo, Zurich and Ghent. The CCRI carried out research in the Bristol city-region.