Kazuaki Tsuchiya, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

Yuji Hara, Wakayama University, Wakayama, Japan

Danai Thaitakoo, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Presentation Title: Linking food and land systems: Opportunities and challenges for sustaining peri-urban agriculture across growing and shrinking cities



Peri-urban agriculture has been recently recognized as a vital source of sustainability both in growing and shrinking cities. Traditional land-use planning, which draws a line between urban and rural areas, has often failed to encourage farmers to continue their activities near urban areas and has resulted in the loss of production capacities and multifunctional values. Opportunities and challenges in applying a novel paradigm for sustainable peri-urban agriculture were examined in this research, which combined a food systems approach with farmland protection. Bangkok, Thailand and Osaka, Japan are the case study sites.  

Key Lessons Learned

  • These two studies together indicate that sustainable peri-urban agriculture cannot solely depend on producers and landowners, but need to involve consumers and non-landowners.
  • The traditional rural-urban dichotomy must be challenged to realize collaboration among multiple food-related actors.