Preliminary Cost-Benefit Analysis for Urban Agriculture


Created by: Buckley, Jennifer; Peterson, Christopher H.; Community and Regional Food Systems Project


Description: Cost-benefit analysis (CBA) can be an effective tool for communicating the economic value of urban agriculture to policymakers and funders. This guide provides an introduction to CBA for urban farmers and urban agriculture advocates. It explains what CBA is and how and when it can be used to influence policy and decision-making. It also details how to develop a plan for conducting a basic CBA and offers metrics appropriate for evaluating benefits commonly attributed to urban agriculture, including community economic development, human development, neighborhood revitalization, food security, and environmental improvement.



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