Edible Cities Network – Integrating edible city solutions for social, resilient and sustainably productive cities (EdiCitNet)

THESys Project

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 implementa-tion and anchoring of Edible City Solutions (ECS) in urban planning.
Millions of city dwellers use urban landscapes for food production. They make a major contri-bution 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 fos-tering 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 partic-ipatory 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.

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.
Living Labs are temporal spaces where urban actors test various ECS under real life condi-tions to develop socially, ecologically and economically resilient cities.
Masterplans apply a systemic approach and lay the groundwork for collaborative planning with City Teams to anchor ECS in the long-term and make cities more attractive for all citi-zens.
The EdiCitNet Network provides knowledge sharing and open access in an integrative and beneficial way to whoever wants to change the world with ECS. The network is constantly growing: Come together with different people from your community, discover your edible city and join us in this global movement!

The Edible Cities Network Project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 776665.

For further information on the project see below and explore the EdiCitNet website.


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Säumel, I.; Reddy, S. E.; Wachtel, T. (2019): Edible City Solutions–One Step Further to Foster Social Resilience through Enhanced Socio-Cultural Ecosystem Services in Cities. Sustainability 2019, 11(4), 972; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11040972 (Cover story of the Special Issue Sustainable Urban Agriculture [4])

Wilk, B., Säumel, I. and Rizzi, D. (2021): “Collaborative Governance Arrangements for Co-creation of NBS”, Croci, E. and Lucchitta, B. (Ed.) Nature-Based Solutions for More Sustainable Cities – A Framework Approach for Planning and Evaluation, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 125-149. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80043-636-720211012

Scharf, N.; Wachtel, T.; Reddy, S.E.; Säumel, I. (2019) Urban Commons for the Edible City–First Insights for Future Sustainable Urban Food Systems from Berlin, Germany. Sustainability 2019, 11, 966.https://doi.org/10.3390/su11040966

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Project Team

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ina Säumel

Doctoral Researchers and Project Leads: Suhana Reddy, Thomas Wachtel

Project Manager: Dr. Martina Urioste-Buschmann

Project Assistants: Stephanie Ligan, Marisa Pettit

Student Assistants: Edi Emilov, Palak Gupta, Elena Heim, Vera Krause

Project Partners

The EdiCitNet project works with 32 international partners. You can find the full list here.

FoodInfrastructure & Energy


Ina Säumel
Principal Investigator
Email: ina.saeumel@hu-berlin.de