From Seed to Table (FStT)

Strengthening Urban Farmer Organisations and their Marketing Capacities: From Seed to Table

The RUAF programme “From Seed to Table” (RUAF-FStT, 2009-2010) builds on the results of the RUAF-Cities Farming for the Future Programme (RUAF-CFF, 2005-2008) and is globally implemented in 20 cities which includes 2 cities Magadi (Ramanagar District, Karnataka, India) and Gampaha (Sri Lanka) of South and South East Asia.


  • To promote sustainable urban farming systems
  • To enhance the institutional capacities of local support organizations and urban farmer organizations to implement farmer-led “From Seed to Table (FStT)” projects
  • To facilitate the processes of multi-stakeholder dialogue, policy making, strategic planning and increased local financing for urban / peri urban agriculture
  • To enhance income generation, food security, gender equity, social inclusion and empowerment of urban poor farmers

Expected outcomes and outputs of the FStT programme

Capacity building

  • At least 50 persons from farmer organisations, NGOs, training and research institutes and local governments have been trained in the “FStT approach” on urban farming systems
  • Between 3 – 5 farmer organisations strengthened – strategic development agenda, improved internal functioning, improved external relations and group savings scheme established

Urban agriculture innovation project

  • At least 100 farming households have generated a 10 – 25% increase in income and nutritional security
  • Farmer capacities in urban agriculture innovation from a market perspective enhanced

Multi-stakeholder strategic action planning and policy formulation on urban agriculture

  • Multi-stakeholder Forum (MSF) on urban agriculture formed during the RUAF-CFF is strengthened
  • City Strategic Agenda on urban agriculture formulated, adopted and implemented
  • Inclusion of actions into local institutional programmes and municipal policy

Enhancing access to financing

  • A study on financing opportunities and needs of producers implemented
  • Ways to improve access to credit and financing identified
  • At least one financing organisation has started to provide financing to urban farmers under acceptable conditions

Learning from monitoring

  • Local, regional and international exchange and documentation of experiences

Components of the innovation project

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