The FEW-meter is an integrative model to measure and improve urban agriculture, shifting it towards circular urban metabolism, the project has now been awarded 1.6 million under the Urban Europe food, water, energy Nexus Call.
The FEW-meter is an interdisciplinary, innovative project that will investigate how Urban resources such as rainwater, energy and organic waste, can be effectively used to grow food in cities.
The project will develop a robust evidence-base for policy-makers, academics and urban farmers. The consortium includes, architects, urban designers, agronomists, ecologists, geographers, policy experts, municipalities and NGOs, forming a consortium of 13 partners from five countries.
The principle investigator for the UK is Dr. Silvio Caputo, Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture. He will co-lead the coordination of the entire project together with Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland.
Other academic partners include organisations in Poland, Germany, France, and America.
The UK Project partners include the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and LEAP (Local Energy Adventure Partnership), an organisation that has developed a series of micro-anaerobic digesters that can be used in cities, which will be tested in dedicated case studies.
Results of the project will be very useful for the organisations working in the sector of sustainable food and urban farming. More importantly, they will be invaluable for the growing number of local authorities in the UK and Europe that include food and local food production in their planning policies.
More details about the projects funded and the FEW-meter can be found on the Urban Europe website.
The FEW-meter will start April 2018.