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Released with IDRC This quantity, by means of a number of the world's best specialists on city agriculture, examines concrete innovations to combine urban farming into the city panorama. Drawing on unique box paintings in towns around the quickly urbanizing international south, the ebook examines the contribution of city agriculture and town farming to livelihoods and nutrients protection. Case stories conceal foodstuff creation diversification for strong and safe nutrients provision; the socio-economic and agronomic facets of city composting; city agriculture as a workable livelihood procedure; concepts for integrating urban farming into city landscapes; and the complicated social-ecological networks of city agriculture. different case reviews examine public future health features together with the impression of insecticides, micro-biological hazards, pollutants and water illness on nutrients construction and folks. eventually the booklet calls on urban farmers, politicians, environmentalists and regulatory our bodies to interact to enhance the long run sustainability of city farming as an immense, safe resource of nutrition and employment for city populations.

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A. , Sabel-Koschella, U. and de Zeeuw, H. (eds) Growing Cities, Growing Food: Urban Agriculture on the Policy Agenda, German Foundation for International Development (DSE), Feldafing, Germany, pp1–42 Mougeot, L. J. A. (2005) AGROPOLIS: The Social, Political and Environmental Dimensions of Urban Agriculture, Earthscan, London Mougeot, L. J. A. , De Bon, H. and Moustier, P. (2005) ‘Promoting the multifunctionality of urban and periurban agriculture in Hanoi’, Urban Agriculture Magazine, vol 15 Redwood, M.

In her mapping of these ecologies in patio and balcony gardens in Managua, she found that women identified and used a 14 Agriculture in Urban Planning greater diversity of species than men, suggesting that they pay more attention to the patios. As she puts it, ‘patios tended to reflect women’s desires and needs’. This corroborates gender analysis of women being more active in private spaces in contrast to public ones. Constraints facing researchers In some parts of the South, conducting research is becoming increasingly difficult.

This is because UA supports livelihoods and generates an economic value from land that would otherwise be idle or vacant. Its economic impact reaches far beyond farmers: it stimulates employment further along the chain of production for those who market, transport and sell produce, as well as for those who provide the tools and other means of production (Mougeot, 2000). In addition, UA is a catalyst for community organization and for the greening of cities. It also increases dietary diversity because it enables a local source of fresh produce; and it plays a role in the use of solid and liquid waste.

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