The spread of urban agriculture and alternative food systems is a global phenomenon. It has captured the attention of decision-makers, activists, and sponsors as a new response to challenges in food security, economic development, poverty alleviation, urban decay, waste recycling, and environmental conservation. To encompass the full academic breadth, several academic communities from all faculties of NMBU have come together to establish the National Center for Urban Agriculture (NCUA).
The center aims to promote research and education on the social, environmental, economic, and ecological dimensions of urban agriculture and sustainable circular economy. We are located at NMBU and aim to benefit the university community as well as research institutes in the area, local and national actors and businesses, and international partners. The center is led by Professor Trine Hvoslef-Eide.
NCUA connects various actors from Norway and abroad. Here you will find entrepreneurs, public organizations, schools, other knowledge centers, researchers, and students. In a collaboration with the sustainability platform GreenSmart, we have established a monthly newsletter.
National Strategy for Urban Agriculture
"Urban agriculture makes cities and urban areas greener and more pleasant. It allows for increased biodiversity, improved public health, and enhanced value creation through new business models for farmers and other producers. Cities also become more resilient in the face of climate change and increased rainfall. Using cities and urban areas for cultivation, planting, and green structures, often combined with other purposes, should increasingly become a part of urban planning and new economic development."- The Norwegian Goverment, Regjeringen.no