Understanding Urban Agriculture

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In the course, we’ll look at the elements required to understand the “Why”, “What” and “How” of Urban Agriculture.

  • Setting the context – Purpose behind Urban agriculture (key drivers)
  • Understanding the innovations in Urban agriculture – Examples from different parts of the world
  • How are these Urban agriculture innovations deployed in practice
  • Which of the Urban agriculture models will scale and what is needed
  • The role of different stakeholders in realising the potential for urban agriculture – using case examples


Dr Vijayender Nalla is an expert in the design of creative food and agribusiness value chains.

For more than 10 years now he has been studying modular and phased value addition technologies that has the potential to reduce post harvest losses by creating added market value to perishable produce.

Over the last 3 years he has been working with digital agriculture innovators and helping them get their solutions into the food & agribusiness value chains.

He has close working association with more than 20 AgriFood Tech businesses around the world and is on the board of advisors to an IoT (Internet of Things) powered smart irrigation solution based out of India.

Prior to taking up entrepreneurship in 2009, he has worked at Nyenrode Business University, Netherlands, National Institute of technology, Warangal India and several other places.

His Ph.D. topic - now published - addressed mechanisms for aligning incentives within the Supply Chain Management.

A note before you start

While urban agriculture concept is slowly gaining business traction it is not yet a profitable initiative in all cases. However, the Urban Agriculture has several environmental and social welfare benefits roles through community building and has a positive contribution to human health. So this should always be seen as an initiative with multi-dimensional features.


Every effort has been made to ensure the relevance of the course and its factual correctness. However, the world of food & agriculture is vast and complex. Please take time to research your local context, restrictions and regulations before you apply any learning from Digital School of Food and Agriculture.