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Commission Européenne (CORDIS) 2022

URBANE One Health approaches to support agroecological transformation of peri-urban farming

Peri-urban farming Agroecology

CORDIS (Service Communautaire d’Information sur la Recherche et le Développement) Commission Européenne

Titre : URBANE One Health approaches to support agroecological transformation of peri-urban farming

Code du projet : 101059232

Durée : Start date 1 July 2022 // End date 30 June 2026

Descriptif
The migration of rural workers to urban centres is particularly observed in West Africa and is associated with the rise of peri-urban agriculture. The initial stages of agriculture intensification in low- and middle-income countries usually involve the concentration of production in peri-urban areas. Despite significant advantages, the practice raises concerns about human health and local environmental degradation. The EU-funded URBANE project will apply a One Health approach to study issues related to the application and intensification of peri-urban agriculture built around the principles of agroecology. The project will provide the necessary framework for sustainable and safe application of peri-urban agriculture in different contexts and demonstrate its proposals through six case studies in Africa. Moreover, it will study transferability in other regions

Objectifs
Today more than half of the planet’s inhabitants live in cities and this is projected to increase. The world-wide migration of rural people to cities is particularly prominent in West Africa. This leads to increased practicing of peri-urban agriculture, supported by a) the lack of formal jobs and as a means of adding up to household income in low and middle-income countries (LMIC), b) the young generations of farmers are not willing to live in remote areas, c) initial stages of agriculture intensification in LMIC usually involves concentration of production in peri-urban areas.
Even though intensified peri-urban farming has significant advantages, it also introduces concerns about zoonotic diseases, sanitary issues, local environmental degradation, antimicrobial resistance and more. Especially in LMIC, the intensification of food systems, as they transition from subsistence to market-oriented production, is typically associated with human health risks.
URBANE is addressing this challenge of sustainable agriculture for food nutrition security, applying a One Health approach for tackling issues related to the application & intensification of peri-urban agriculture, as well as providing the necessary framework for its sustainable & safe application in different contexts. To achieve this, the project will be built around the principles of agroecology. URBANE is building on the extensive experience in agroecology of its partners whilst exploiting friendly tools & methods for measuring the progress & impact of the agroecological transition of farming.
The URBANE approach will be demonstrated through 6 case studies in Africa, while its transferability in other regions will also be studied and facilitated through specific tools. New/ adapted business models will also be worked out for the URBANE case studies, that will act as lighthouse examples of how such business models can be - with suitable local adaptations informed by local specificities.

Participants au projet
Coordinateur : CY.R.I.C CYPRUS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTER LTD

Budget
Coût total : € 702 968,75
Contribution UE : € 702 968,75

CORDIS

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