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Sustainable food systems for cities in Asia - MALICA

How can sustainable food supplies to urban areas be reconciled with local agricultural development?

Between 2000 and 2010, urban population growth in Asia was running at 2.7% per year, i.e. another 378 million inhabitants. In order to feed cities and satisfy growing demand for diversity, safety and quality, value chains are restructuring and farming systems are being transformed. Urban markets create opportunities but also challenges for local farming systems. How should food supply chains be reorganised? How can incomes be stabilised among the poorest farming populations?



  • National University of Laos (NUoL): Faculty of Agriculture


  • Centre for Agrarian Systems Research and Development (CASRAD)
  • Rural Development Centre, Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (RUDEC/lPSARD)
  • Food Crop Research Institute (FCRI)
  • Fruit and Vegetables Research Institute (FAVRI)


  • French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)