- Community development: by reaffirming community identity, promoting active citizenship, combating age, gender and ethnic discrimination, preventing crime and rehabilitating offenders
- Economic development: by providing skills training, creating local goods and services, and building an alternative economy
- Education: by furthering formal learning at school, non-formal education in the community and helping people with special needs
- Environmental improvement: by increasing biodiversity, tackling waste and reducing transport
- Health: by improving people's diets, encouraging physical activity and promoting mental health
- Leisure: by stimulating voluntary action, generating sustainable tourism and developing arts and crafts
- Sustainable neighbourhoods: by reviving allotments and parks, and regenerating housing developments
Urban food growing projects can face difficulties with access to land, water, money, equipment, knowledge and skills. The report therefore makes a number of recommendations (a summary of these is attached) to policy makers to help ease these problems and, more positively, to encourage and support urban food growing initiatives.