Feeding Cities: Charting a Research and Practice Agenda Toward Food Security


  • Catherine Brinkley University of Pennsylvania
  • Eugenie Birch University of Pennsylvania
  • Alexander Keating University of Pennsylvania




Food Access, Food Distribution, Food Production, Waste


This commentary details an action agenda for practice and research contributed to by more than 70 experts and 450 attendees of the Feeding Cities: Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanizing World conference, held at the University of Pennsylvania in March 2013. They discussed such global issues as hunger, malnourishment, and obesity and called for policies to address them through a variety of food production, distribution, and marketing initiatives. They produced a six-point action-based agenda for future food security planning and identified best practice policies for each agenda item. Their objective is to offer a roadmap to produce and supply the world's growing urban population with healthy, affordable, and safe food in a sustainable manner and to avoid potential food security crises across the world.


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Author Biographies

Catherine Brinkley, University of Pennsylvania

Penn Institute for Urban Research; Department of City and Regional Planning; School of Veterinary Medicine. Mailing address: 102 Meyerson Hall, University of Pennsylvania; 210 South 34th Street; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 USA.

Eugenie Birch, University of Pennsylvania

Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania; Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania.

Alexander Keating, University of Pennsylvania

Project Manager for Global Initiatives, Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania.



How to Cite

Brinkley, C., Birch, E., & Keating, A. (2013). Feeding Cities: Charting a Research and Practice Agenda Toward Food Security. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 3(4), 81–87. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.034.008

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