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Focus on... Urban agriculture

Over the next ten years, the number of urban dwellers in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow by almost 45 per cent from 320 to 460 million people and by 2050, more than half of the developing world's population (3.5 billion people) is projected to be living in urban areas. Urban agriculture is being increasingly recognised as an important strategy to respond to a number of key challenges - including poverty, food security and nutrition, unemployment and the management of wastes and wastewater.

In this edition we focus on a number of initiatives that are working with governments and urban farmers to remove barriers and provide incentives, inputs and training in order to empower the poor and contribute to their food security and nutrition. Topics covered include the formation of urban agriculture policies in Liberia, urban dairying in Kenya and composting and micro-gardening in Senegal, farmer field schools in Sri Lanka and the use of wastewater in Tunisia.

Using water wisely to feed growing cities

Using water wisely to feed growing cities

In Soukra, Tunisia, hundreds of low-income families live off the crops they grow. But in recent decades, that way of life has come under growing threat from urbanisation and climate change. An IDRC-financed project undertaken by the Tunisian NGO, FTCUA Tunisie, has been working to mitigate the environmental threats farmers face, while helping them secure and improve their livelihoods.

Date published: May 2013

Livestock in the city: separating fact from fiction

Livestock in the city: separating fact from fiction

In 2005, a study was initiated by the University of Nairobi and ILRI to understand the risks and benefits of urban dairying, in order to contribute to pro-poor policy and help create good practice guidelines for risk reduction. The study revealed some surprising results.

Date published: May 2013

The role of UPA in rebuilding Liberia

The role of UPA in rebuilding Liberia

To help reduce urban poverty, improve food security and enhance waste management, Welthungerhilfe and the RUAF Foundation have collaborated with Monrovia Municipality and other stakeholders to promote urban and peri-urban agriculture in Liberia.

Date published: May 2013

Urban agriculture gets policy-level support in Sri Lanka

Urban agriculture gets policy-level support in Sri Lanka

To boost production of safe and nutritious food and enhance urban agricultural activities in Sri Lanka, the International Water Management Institute, in partnership with the RUAF Foundation, Practical Action and the Department of Agriculture, has worked with urban gardeners in Gampaha on marketing, business planning and agricultural water management.

Date published: May 2013

Transforming waste and wasteland in Dakar

Transforming waste and wasteland in Dakar

In Dakar, Senegal, micro-gardening projects are re-greening urban spaces previously lost to rubbish dumping and car parks. New waste collection and sorting practices have reduced pollution and provided raw material for compost making.

Date published: May 2013

 

 

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