Local food networks and urban policies. Institutional agendas and experiences - Increasingly more questions regarding the relationship between rural and urban contexts are finding their way onto the agendas of many local institutions and UN agencies. These bring with them several interpretative grids and methods for understanding aspects of the crisis being tackled globally in the Millennium Development Goals. These questions find different practical applications and levels of urgency in the north and south of the globe. This facilitates analysis of the themes of urban and wasteland farming outside the concept of marginalization associated with both in modernity and which sees the urban in antithesis to the rural. Highly detailed experiences of different magnitudes show the structural importance of the theme as an innovative element, beginning from several preconditions that impact on the objectives and methods for intervening by way of agricultural and urban policies.
Keywords: Urban and wasteland agriculture; social and economic networks; urban quality.