Closing ‘waste’ cycles, shortening of food chains between consumers and producers, and the multifunctional use of urban and peri-urban land have been identified as having many potential synergies, with the result that a range of public and private sector initiatives have been instigated in pursuit of these aims.

For this theme, agrifood dynamics and policy in city regions, a framework has been developed through which multiple meanings, priorities and dynamics have been identified and to then undertaken an analysis of agri-food dynamics and policies city regions of the project. The contents can be read back in the Final Synthesis Report, which also includes general insights derived from the comparison of the different analysis undertaken in the seven city-regions and summarised in the WP2 final reports of Bristol (United Kingdom), Ghent (Belgium), Riga (Latvia), Rome (Italy), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Vigo (Spain), and Zürich (Switerland).

This analysis has been brought into a schema that facilitates shared understandings of both the context and the actors involved in and across the city-regions studied. This schema is grounded in scientific understandings but also gives attention to, and is developed to reflect, local experience, stakeholder expertise and knowledge. To that end the emphasis of WP2 has been on the collection of qualitative evidence, through documentary evaluation, interviewing and expert discussions, but quantitative evidence is considered and deployed where appropriate, and where available from secondary sources.
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