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Comparing urban food systems between temperate regions and tropical regions- introducing urban agroforestry in temperate climates through the case of Budapest


Free (open access)


Volume 13 (2018), Issue 4



Page Range

395 - 406

Paper DOI



WIT Press


P.G. De Linares


The aim of this paper is firstly to assess what makes urban agriculture more successfully integrated in some cities than others. Secondly, to introduce agro-ecology practices in public green open spaces and community gardens through a landscape assessment and a map-based comparison analysis. The main problem is to motivate the planners to integrate urban agriculture in the Urban plan. Therefore, these green structures with their benefits cannot be part of the city’s landscape and dynamic. The sustainability of food systems depends on the planning strategy of the city and the governance policies. Whilst urban agroforestry is well applied in Tropical Climate, it has not been fully explored in Temperate climate. This practice could have multiple functions in the Temperate Region and become a sustainable land use thanks to agro-ecology principles. After defining urban agroforestry for Temperate Regions, a methodology to find the best spaces to introduce agro-ecology practices will be evaluated through the case of Budapest where a green infrastructure plan has recently been launched and an agroforestry project is being initiated. This paper concludes that urban agroforestry is a sustainable land use that can better integrate food systems in the city


agro-ecology, food security, landscape architecture, sustainable food system.