Logistics drivers and barriers in urban agriculture

Melika Levelt, Aleid van der Schrier

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Abstract

Although urban agriculture as a way to come to sustainable urban food systems can be questioned and we have to be aware not falling into a ‘local trap’ regarding its benefits (Born & Purcell, 2006), initiatives for urban agriculture emerge all over the world. Some of these primarily focus on achieving social and educational goals while others try to become an (high tech) alternative to existing food supply chains. Whichever the goals of urban agriculture, in practice many of these initiatives have difficulties in their (logistics) operations. Research on urban agriculture and local‐for‐local food supply chains mainly focuses on environmental and economic benefits, alternative production techniques, short food supply chains (logistics infrastructure) or socio‐economic benefits of urban agriculture. So far, the alignment of urban agriculture goals with the chosen logistics concept – which includes more aspects than only infrastructure – has not gained much attention. This paper tries to fill this gap through an exploration of urban agriculture projects – both low and high tech – from around the world by using the integrated logistics concept (Van Goor et al., 2003). The main question to be answered in this paper is: to what extend can the integrated logistics concept contribute to understanding logistics drivers and barriers of urban agriculture projects? To answer this question, different urban agriculture projects were studied through information on their websites and an internet based questionnaire with key players in these projects. Our exploration shows that the ILC is a useful tool for determining logistics drivers and barriers and that there is much potential in using this concept when planning for successful urban agriculture projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLocalizing urban food strategies
Subtitle of host publication Farming cities and performing rurality : proceedings 2015 : AESOP : 7th Sustainable Food Planning Conference, Torino, 7-9 October 2015
EditorsGiuseppe Cinà, Egidio Dansero
Place of PublicationTorino
PublisherPolitecnico di Torino
Pages427-439
ISBN (Electronic)9788882020606
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015
Event7th International Aesop Sustainable Food Planning Conference - Torino, Italy
Duration: 7 Oct 20159 Oct 2015

Conference

Conference7th International Aesop Sustainable Food Planning Conference
CountryItaly
CityTorino
Period7/10/159/10/15

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