Smart integrated multitrophic city food production systems –a water and energy saving approach for global urbanisation

Feeding rapidly growing urban populations is a global challenge, which strains the Food-Water-Energy Nexus through increasing water and energy demands and environmental pollution. CITYFOOD provides innovative solutions to this daunting environmental challenge by integrating aqua-agriculture (IAAC) systems into cities on a broader scale. IAAC multitrophic food production systems optimise flows of food, water, energy, and waste while minimising resource needs, thus contributing to sustainable urban infrastructure.

CITYFOOD’s multidisciplinary experts from food science, ecology, modelling, and urban planning will expand the knowledge and applicability of this innovative solution. Computer models will help to optimise the environmental, economic, and social benefits of the IAAC technology. Real-world experiments in Living Labs will synthesise all three FWE sectors and illustrate the integrated system for multiple stakeholders. Urban planning approaches and sample case studies will help to develop comprehensive implementation strategies in a variety of urban contexts. Finally, existing knowledge and project results from modelling, Living Labs, and conceptual planning will be disseminated by different project activities and made publicly accessible through an integrated Knowledge Base.

CITYFOOD connects diverse countries and contexts, each with their own challenges, within the framework set by the Belmont Forum and European Union 2020 strategies for sustainable and resilient cities.

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(Dept. 4) Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Research Domain
Aquatic Ecosystem Services and Sustainability
Project coordinator
Scientific coordinator
PostDoc Researcher

Research partners:

Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. – Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research Division for Food Production and Society (NIBIO)

Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" (UNESP)

University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science, Department of Marine Sciences (GU)

Wageningen UR Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences (WU)

University of WashingtonCollege of Built Environments (UW)

Santa Catarina State University (UDESC)


Cooperating partners:

Family and education centre (FEZ); Berlin

Prison of Arendal, Evje avdeling

TU Berlin, Project Roof Water Farm

University of Agder, Department of Engineering Sciences

Öko-Institut e.V. Freiburg

Contact person

Werner Kloas

Guest Scientist
Research group
Aquaponics and Ecophysiology

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