URBANE will explore the links between farming practices and health as it applies a One Health approach for tackling issues related to the application & intensification of peri-urban agriculture and the health of animals, humans and the ecosystem as a whole. URBANE supports that other than sustainability, applied agroecology allows achievement of better health of humans, animals and the ecosystem in general by promoting improvements in their physical and psycho-emotional states.
URBANE through sustainable agroecological practices in the peri-urban environment, aims to make cities more sustainable and inclusive, while boosting the productivity of small-scale food producers located in the peri-urban environment. URBANE promotes agroecology by building on local knowledge with the support of new technologies and application of the best practices applied in European regions where agroecology is already applied in intensified, market-oriented production fields.
The use of the URBANE novel tools and engagement of local knowledge will be used as drivers to support decision making and achieve a high impact. URBANE will build on local knowledge, supported by new technologies and best practices applied in European regions where agroecology is already applied in intensified, market-oriented production fields. The URBANE DSS will be delivered in two versions: a) for farmers in the form of a friendly application and b) for authorities providing information on the potential dangers and the environmental and crop yield impact of the application of agroecological farming practices.
Formulation of policy recommendations resulting from the URBANE approach implementation and the project's results will allow expanding the reach of the approach and positively influence and support of its broader adoption. Policy recommendations will be made for supporting the adoption of the URBANE approach, towards meeting the SDGs, Green Deal and Africa-EU Partnership goals.
In URBANE we design real-world case studies that cover different agroecological zones focused on Western Africa
The study is focused on local mixed farming systems such as poultry & vegetables (main crops of the zone). There is a legal framework of chemicals and antibiotics use under the control of the National committee for Pesticide Management. Intensive farming practices are currently applied in this region, including the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
This study will will be focused on local agricultural mixed systems in the peri-urban centres of the Hauts Bassins and Centre regions. These densely populated cities expose the population to health problems related to the use of pesticides despite existing laws in the country regulating their use in agriculture.
The sites are located in coastal savannah and forest agro-ecozones within the Greater Accra region and Eastern region of Ghana. In each of these ecozones, the focus is on selected communities where intensive and extensive pig farming occur within peri-urban centres.
The study is located in a central zone, essentially in peri-urban towns of Rabat (capital) and Meknès regions. The main peri-urban areas targeted are Kénitra, Khmisset, Meknès and Fès. These areas are known for activities related to mixed farming systems such as poultry/sheep and cattle (in lesser degree) - corn.
The study will take place in the Tropical Savanna and Forest Agroecological Zones of western Nigeria, essentially in peri-urban towns surrounding Lagos Metropolis. The peri-urban areas that surround Lagos support huge volumes of agricultural activities that target Lagos as their main market.
The case study is located in the peri urban area zone of St Louis. A town located in the north of Senegal, at the border with Mauritania, near the Senegal river. The goal is to transform a complex difficult environment into a positive one, following a one health approach, restoring biodiversity & combating poverty.
The 6 case studies
Meet the team
Cyprus Research and Innovation Center
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Université de Liège
Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II
Hellenic Agricultural Organization Dimitra (ELGO Dimitra)
Carbon Fertile - National Center of Agroecology
Ver De Terre Production
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Gaston Berger University - Senegal
Eindhoven University of Technology
University of Ibadan
Foundation for Healthcare Innovation and Development
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
Ministere de l’Agriculture et de l’Equipement Rural
Institut National des Recherches Agricoles du Bénin
The Nigerian Academy of Science
REM Analytics SA
Zoological Society of London
Chancellor, Masters & Scholars of the University of Cambridge
University of Leeds
Centre for Biodiversity Conservation Research
Centre d’Education et de Recherche en Environnement, Santé, Alimentation et Nutrition
URBANE is coordinated by CyRIC
News and events
Official day of the URBANE project is July 1st, 2022. URBANE is planned to run for 48 months before it ends in June 2026Learn more
We announce the dates for the URBANE kick off meeting! The meeting will take place on the 26th and 27th of July, in a virtual mode organized by the URBANE coordinator, CyRIC.Learn more
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101059232.