Enhancing the EU-China cooperation in promoting urban agriculture for the development of smart and resilient cities

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Norway, Denmark, Turkey and China
  • 2018 - 2022

  • Clients

    Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union.
    Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.



    Resident communities.

    Key Partners

    Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Institute of Vegetables and Flowers (IVF) at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), Draxis, Nordregio, EMETRIS, Aarhus Kommune, VILABS Ltd., OKYS, Beijing Green Valley Sprouts Ltd., Scandinavian Water Technology (ScanWater) AS., Hatay Metropolitan Municipality, Rural Development Institute at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, SAMPAS, Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ).

    Increasing urbanisation leads to massive flows of agricultural products, water and energy coming from rural areas to cities. This generates high amounts of heat, CO2, wastewater and other wastes. In 2016, with the understanding that urban agriculture can improve food security and bring economic, environmental and social benefits to cities, the European Commission launched a call for Innovation Actions. We joined hands with like-minded organisations from Europe and China in submitting a project proposal to assess and demonstrate how technological and social innovation in urban agriculture can help overcome the shortcomings of urban food systems while providing cities with other ecosystem services (e.g. mitigating climate change, closing nutrient cycles) and improving the resilience of urban areas.

    SiEUGreen brought together a multidisciplinary consortium of European and Chinese researchers, technology providers, SMEs, financiers, local and regional authorities and resident communities to facilitate the development and deployment of state of the art urban agriculture models. Building on the zero-waste and circular economy model, SiEUGreen combined technological and societal innovation in promoting urban agriculture for food security, resource efficiency, and smart, resilient cities.


    The project facilitated sharing of technologies and experiences between Europe and China and generated ground-breaking multidisciplinary Showcases, thus contributing to the future developments of urban agriculture.

    We, as seecon, conducted the following activities:


    Explore and discover

    • Analyse urban agriculture business models



    • Facilitate the exchange of experience, in-depth knowledge, expertise and lessons learned from tropical indoor polyculture systems.

    • Prepare, deliver and follow-up concerning online training and coaching of consortium partners in business model development.

    • Support partner organisation in developing exploitation plans for project results.

    • Assist consortium partners in determining the product-, market- and business readiness of project results.


    Reach and connect

    • Conceptualise, plan, prepare, organise and follow up to a 1-day Seminar on Aquaponics for project partners.

    • Conceptualise, plan, prepare, organise and follow up on virtual business model development training and coaching programme for project partners.

    Links to publications

    • SiEUGreen Project: This document provides a brief overview of the SiEUGreen project, describes its multidisciplinary showcases contributing to the future development of urban agriculture in Europe and China, and highlights key project results.
    • Spotlight on SiEUGreen Results and Learnings: This document summarises the presentations made by the project partners during the final project conference in Ski, Norway, on 17 November 2022, where the cross-country results and learnings of the SiEUGreen project were presenting and discussed.
    • Foam-Insulated Greenhouse: This document presents a greenhouse insulation system using soap bubbles to insulate the greenhouse from the cold in winter and the heat in summer.
    • New Market Entry Points: Based on current global challenges and future food trends, this document identifies market entry opportunities for selected SiEUGreen technologies.

    Let’s work together!

    Please contact us if you are interested in our experience with tropical indoor polyculture systems and business model development for urban agriculture innovations.

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