Toward Sustainable Relations Between Agriculture and the City

  • Christophe-Toussaint Soulard
  • Coline Perrin
  • Elodie Valette

Part of the Urban Agriculture book series (URBA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Christophe-Toussaint Soulard, Coline Perrin, Elodie Valette
    Pages 1-11
  3. Systemic Approaches of Urban-Agricultural Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Sylvie Lardon, Marie Houdart, Salma Loudiyi, Rosalia Filippini, Elisa Marraccini
      Pages 15-31
    3. Jean-Pierre Chery, Elodie Valette, Patrick Dugué, Pascale Philifert, Abdellaoui El Hassane
      Pages 51-72
    4. Annabelle Daburon, Véronique Alary, Ahmed Ali, Mohamed El Sorougy, Jean François Tourrand
      Pages 73-88
  4. Methods and Tools to Design Sustainable Urban Food Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Dirk Wascher, Leonne Jeurissen, Jan-Eelco Jansma, Michiel van Eupen
      Pages 91-109
    3. Salma Loudiyi, Christophe-Toussaint Soulard, Patricia Abrantes, Sylvie Lardon, Guilhem Mousselin, Pascale Scheromm et al.
      Pages 129-143
  5. Inventory of Changes in Urban Agriculture

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-239

About this book


This book gives an overview of frameworks, methods, and case studies for the analysis of the relations between agriculture and the city, in Europe and the Mediterranean. One of its general objectives is to show, through a diversity of case studies, how local actors (private actors, civil society and public decision - makers) deal with and interact over agriculture, food and urban development. It also aims to show how actors innovate through new activities, organizations, institutions and territories. Another key objective is finally to provide frameworks and methodological approaches for what could be called “agri-urban studies”.

The three parts of the book provide a set of approaches of the sustainability of urban food systems from an actors’ perspective. Part 1 presents systemic approaches of agricultural-urban interactions at the city-region scale in France, Egypt, Italy and Morocco. Local food issues, agriculture-urban relations, short food chains and urban livestock are taken as examples to develop systemic approaches, mobilizing both integrative and dual processes linking agriculture and the city. Part 2 deals with methods and tools for urban planning and local development, in order to design and assess sustainable food systems. At the city-region scale, chapters illustrate how actors can set relevant boundaries of a sustainable foodshed, design tools including local food supply In urban planning, and evaluate contributions of local projects to sustainability. Part 3 identifies and recounts the recent changes in urban agriculture and the new forms of governance which are emerging in European cities (Athens, Berlin, Lisboa, Montpellier, Paris and Zurich).  Referring to urban agriculture, chapters show how sustainable pathways can be fostered by a wide range of multiscale grassroots initiatives (farms, collective gardens, buildings, urban green areas …) embedded in transitioning trends of sustainable development. 


Farming systems Governance Innovation Planning Urban agriculture Food planning Gardening Europe

Editors and affiliations

  • Christophe-Toussaint Soulard
    • 1
  • Coline Perrin
    • 2
  • Elodie Valette
    • 3
  1. 1.Innovation, INRA, CIRAD,Montpellier Supagro, University of MontpellierMontpellierFrance
  2. 2.Innovation, INRA, CIRAD,Montpellier Supagro, University of MontpellierMontpellierFrance
  3. 3.ART-DEV, University of Montpellier, CIRAD,CNRS, University of Paul Valery, University of PerpignanMontpellierFrance

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