, Volume 58, Issue 2–3, pp 256–262 | Cite as

Roles of Rural Areas in Sustainable Food System Transformations

  • Molly D. AndersonEmail author
Thematic Section


Rural areas and their people have not received appropriate appreciation for their necessary contributions to sustainable cities and achievement of the sustainable development goals. Food systems in rural and urban areas are undergoing major transformations, due to drivers that are not always affected by population density. The health and well-being of rural agroecosystems and communities are interlinked inextricably with the well-being, resilience and food security of cities. The goals of food sovereignty for autonomy, localized markets, political participation in decisions affecting producers and agroecological production will serve the right to food of both urban and rural people.


sustainable food system rural transformation food sovereignty sustainable development goals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Middlebury CollegeMiddleburyUSA

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