Institutskolloquium Kulturgeographie – 29.05.2019

City Region Food Systems and Resilient Cities, experiences of RUAF Global Partnership“

René van Veenhuizen, RUAF Global Partnership

The RUAF Global Partnership promotes innovative solutions to food systems and policies in towns and cities. RUAF works with city and municipal governments that are adapting and changing their policies, as urban food systems evolve rapidly in the 21st Century. Currently, the partnership consists of nine organizations. René van Veenhuizen works for Hivos. RUAF partners develop various joint projects and have vast experience, captured in its knowledge base: In addition, RUAF facilitates, with ICLEI, the CITYFOOD Network:

In his talk, René van Veenhuizen will discuss urbanization, the role of food and urban agriculture, and presents the concept of city region food systems that foster connectivity between urban centres and surrounding areas and the development of resilient and sustainable food systems in relation to urban planning. Food systems – comprising the production, processing, distribution, retail, consumption and management of food waste and food losses – are shaped by and shape urbanization, and the current food system is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Interventions in the urban food system can have significant positive impacts on urban sustainability.

Appropriate understanding of the functioning of the urban food system and related data is necessary to inform decision makers on future planning of viable and nutritious food systems that are required to meet the growing demands of their urban populations. If anything, it is the multifunctional character of food that makes it such a unique political phenomenon. However, despite increased attention, the topic of food and agriculture is still largely unfamiliar territory for many city and regional governments.

René van Veenhuizen is Senior Programme Officer with the RUAF Foundation and Hivos, based in the Netherlands. Graduated from Wageningen University, he has over 25 professional experience with Wageningen University, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, ETC Foundation and RUAF Foundation. He has extensive advisory and consultative experience on sustainable agricultural development, urban agriculture and food, and he is the editor of the Urban Agriculture and co-author of several books.

Structure Colloquial 29 May 2019 (45-50 min)

  1. Introduction: Urbanisation, Cities, Urban-Rural Linkages
  2. (Un)Sustainable Food Systems
  3. Recent international attention and trends
  4. Multifunctional Urban Agriculture and City Examples
  5. City Region Food systems, tool box and indicators
  6. Conclusions

Wann: Mittwoch, 29.05.2019 um 12:15 Uhr
Wo: Hörsaal C, Kochstr. 4 (Eingang Hindenburgstraße)

Gesamtübersicht Institutskolloquium Sommersemester 2019


Zukünftig werden pro Semester bis zu vier Kolloquiumsvorträge im Hörsaal C (Kochstr. 4, Innenstadt) angeboten.
Zusätzlich finden spezielle, mehr forschungsorientierte Kolloquiumsvorträge in den Seminarräumen im Institut für Geographie (Wetterkreuz 15, Erlangen-Tennenlohe) statt.

Die Teilnahme sowohl an Vorträgen in Tennenlohe als auch im Hörsaal C werden durch Abstempeln im Kolloquiumspass als Leistungsnachweis dokumentiert, dasselbe gilt  weiterhin auch für den Besuch des Geo-Cafés und der FGG-Vorträge.

Fragen zum Kolloquium?
Organisatoren Dr. Andrés Gerique ( und Dr. Christoph Mayr (