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Edible Cities Network

Integrating Edible City Solutions for social resilient and sustainably productive cities. The Edible Cities Network Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 776665. The Edible Cities Network (EdiCitNet) innovation action began in September 2018 with the goal of making cities around the world better places to live through the real-life implementation and anchoring of Edible City Solutions (ECS) in urban planning.


Millions of city dwellers use urban landscapes for food production. They make a major contribution to sustainable, liveable and healthier cities. A multitude of initiatives around the World, however fragmented, are prospering, forming a global movement of Edible Cities. Their products, activities and services – the Edible City Solutions (ECS) - empower local communities to overcome social problems by their inclusive and participatory dynamics and to create new green businesses and jobs, and thereby generating local economic growth and fostering social cohesion.


The EdiCitNet project leverages the substantial benefits that ECS effect today at a local level and catalyses their replication in Europe and world-wide by launching a fully open and participatory network of cities, empowering their inhabitants

  • to systematically explore the wealth and diversity of existing ECS,
  • to adapt, plan and implement successfully proven ECS in their specific urban context.


Edible City Solutions (ECS) focus on urban productive landscapes including the wide range of different forms of urban farming, building integrated farming, agro-forestry, aquaculture, biomass production for energy among other productive and ornamental purposes and services combined with closed loop systems for sustainable water, nutrient and waste management.


EdiCitNet aims to launch and develop a sustainable and constantly growing network of cities,

  • empowering their inhabitants by a common methodology to systematically explore the wealth and diversity of existing Edible City Solutions (ECS) and to build and share a common knowledge base,
  • and to empower city administrations to adapt, plan and implement successfully proven ECS in their specific urban context.

Edible Cities Network is realising this in four simple steps:




City Teams are the backbone of the project, connecting citizens, SMEs, NGOs, and other relevant organisations in each city to elaborate best solutions through co-creation.



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Living Labs are temporal spaces where urban societies, test various ECS under real life conditions to develop socially, ecologically and economically resilient cities.




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Masterplans bring up a systemic approach foreseeing a collaborative planning through City Teams to anchor ECS in the long-term and to make cities more attractive for all citizens.




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EdiCitNet Network provides knowledge sharing and open access in an integrative and beneficial way to whoever wants to change the world.




The Edible Cities Network is constantly growing and expanding. Come together with different people in your community to discover your edible city and join us in this global movement!


Click here for Project Website.