Urban Agriculture Consortium
Sustainable food systems worldwide must be founded in access to healthy diets and nutrition for all, agroecology and regenerative agriculture, circular economy, and the provisioning of just livelihoods.
The power of urban agriculture –
Since 2020 The Urban Agriculture Consortium (UAC) has been bringing people together to co-create the conditions for urban and peri-urban agroecology to thrive, as part of an integrated, resilient, & just food system for the UK.
The Urban Agriculture Consortium has, in partnership with many others, been developing and co-designing an innovative portfolio of complementary support ‘modules‘ to help amplify and accelerate the initiatives that we see are the most impactful, both systemically and in terms of human transformation.
These modules are evolving – this gives a snapshot of our current work.
Communities at the grass-roots are seeking change and a new movement of community-and-nature-led food projects and businesses is emerging and taking root. Often in unfavourable and volatile conditions.
UAC is now seeking next-level funding to continue to co-design, develop, grow, and deliver these modules collaboratively, to make them more widely available, to have the means to support their upscaling where/when there is an opportunity, and to invest in holistic evaluation of our impact (across all members and projects of the consortium).
Our goal is re-normalising local food growing and local food consumption in and around our towns and cities and to continue to push the boundaries through supporting transformative ideas and the relationships to make them happen.
Urban and urban fringe (or peri-urban) settings present a unique set of constraints, opportunities, challenges, problems and solutions when it comes to transitioning our food system. We want to move away from the present destructive industrial model, towards a just, inclusive, regenerative and localised one. The continuing process of urbanisation has disconnected people from the source and value of good food, giving rise to many personal and planetary problems.
So when we reimagine urban centres and their peri-urban hinterlands as landscapes interwoven with small scale, regenerative and diverse food growing everywhere, as generators of abundance, food equality, innovation, livelihoods, local economic resilience and beauty we can start to see that it is possible to heal this dislocation and its effects; healing our own bodies, our communities, the habitats of our companion species’, and the planet.
This decade is widely considered to be our last window of opportunity to slow the collapse of the ecosystem integrity on which all life depends through a global movement for ecosystem restoration. Mainstreaming agroecology – an agriculture based on healing and optimising natural systems, provides perhaps our biggest hope for success. This transition will be driven by demand for good food in urban settlements, and enabled by supportive policy and financial commitments at a local, regional and national level.
So, much of our hope for a better world, personally and globally, lies in transforming our food systems. Everyone is needed, everyone is invited. The more skilled we become at working together, the sooner we will reach a positive tipping point.
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The Urban Agriculture Consortium (UAC) is a pioneering collaboration promoting and enabling the up-scaling of nature-friendly urban & peri-urban agroecology across the UK in direct response to the climate and ecological emergencies. UAC is working to influence practice & policy by developing a community of good practice with a range of pathfinding local and regional food partnerships, local authorities, practitioners, academics and others. We aim to influence & amplify policy level support for agroecological urban farming. UAC was launched in 2020 following several rounds of in-depth consultations with partners and other stakeholders across the UK.