Cities on the Grow sets out to investigate and inform assumptions that local food systems provide a more ecologically sustainable and socially just alternative to the conventional global industrialised food system by seeking answers to the following questions:

  • Does climate change factor into the business models of CFEs?
  • Are CFEs, operating within local food economies, having a positive impact on climate change mitigation and adaption, and human health and well-being?
  • What are the perceptions of policy makers, regarding the impact of local food economies on climate, and human health and well-being in their cities?
  • Are these perceptions reflected in the urban policy alignment behind climate and/or food strategies?

Together with public, civic and industry partners, we will:

  • Identify policy drivers and barriers to the development of CFEs at each stage of the food cycle;
  • Identify commercially viable business models that enable CFEs to secure their motives; and
  • Co-produce business incubator models that can support both established and start-up CFEs in contributing to the positive climate impact of local food systems and its wider benefits to health & well-being.