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Canada: The Passing of Wayne Roberts (1944 – 2021)

Photo taken by Lauren Baker.

Wayne Roberts is a Canadian food policy analyst and writer. He is known for his role as the manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council (TFPC) from 2000-2010. government.

From Joe Nasr:

It is with great sadness that I am sharing the news of the passing of Wayne Roberts early yesterday, January 20, after a long fight with leukemia. Wayne was best known as coordinator of the Toronto Food Policy Council for a decade in the 2000s, but he was beyond that a pillar in the emergence of recognizing cities and their regions as central actors in food systems and one of the most influential thinkers and disseminators of thinking about the place of food in cities. He always combined astute thoughts with joyful laughs , sharp zingers and perfectly constructed writing.

We wish to offer his wife Lori Stahlbrand and his loved ones our condolences.

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January 21, 2021   No Comments

Canada: Nelson will use unique technology to reduce composting costs

Nelson City Hall staff person Sandy Kobe with a FoodCycler used in a city staff room.

The start-up cost including purchase of 4,000 FoodCyclers and bins is expected to be about $1.1 million, with two-thirds to be paid for by a grant from CleanBC

By Bill Metcalfe
Nelson Star
Dec 9, 2020


Households in Nelson will first treat their organic material with a FoodCycler, a kitchen counter-top unit that dehydrates food material.

Organic material from around the RDCK will be trucked to a new facility being constructed on an old landfill site near Salmo.

According to the city, taking the water out of the organic material before it is picked up at curbside will mean “not trucking water around,” because the volume and weight of the waste will be significantly reduced. This will result in fewer curbside collections per year, lower transportation costs, and fewer greenhouse gases.

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January 19, 2021   No Comments

Zimbabwe: Urban farming – survival strategy for most underprivileged families

We decided to utilise the bush across our homes to do gardening for different types of vegetables.

By Judith Phiri
Zimbabwe Daily
Jan 12, 2021


Sunday News took a tour in some of the Bulawayo suburbs where people have been practicing urban farming. Ward 7 councillor, Shadreck Sibanda said they realised that some of the people in high density suburbs struggle to get food, hence they were working with the Bulawayo City Council to help the less privileged in Makokoba in urban agriculture. Over 100 families have benefited from the programme.

“The council identified the land and provided it to them so that they can be able to do gardening. As you are aware areas such as Makokoba and Mzilikazi, among others are congested and most of the yards do not have space for gardening. So with the availed land, people are able to sustain their lives through agriculture,” said Clr Sibanda.

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January 18, 2021   No Comments

India: Hyderabad holds lessons: How to grow your food in your home garden

V S Kumar (left) Naresh R (right), Rythu Mitra Garden Center. Pic: Rythu Mitra

Telangana Horticulture Department, “Hyderabad rooftops have an area of 60,000 square metres approximately. If 50% of this area is converted into rooftop gardens, shortages and health issues can both be overcome.”

By Kolla Krishna Madhavi
Citizen Matters
Jan 12, 2021


In a detailed project report of the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, titled Raftar 2020, the Telangana Horticulture Department points out, “One third of the population of Telangana State stays in and around Hyderabad city, creating huge and continuous demand for supply of vegetables. Urbanization is one of the major constraints in expansion of the vegetable area.”

Urban gardening also seeks to minimize the carbon footprint associated with mass production, by localizing produce supply. It helps reduce the amount spent on purchasing vegetables and fruits and adds to the biodiversity by encouraging birds and insects to flourish. It can also nurture people’s social skills.

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January 14, 2021   No Comments

Philippines: QC gov’t envisions Bagong Silangan as the new vegetable hub

Beneficiaries of the project. (DAR Photo)

For this project to become successful, the DAR chief explained that the urban residents would receive support from the government for their agricultural needs such as machinery, tools, and farm inputs.

Philippines Information Agency
January 10, 2021


The Quezon City government has envisioned that the seven hectare land, located in New Greenland Farm in Barangay Bagong Silangan, would become the City’s vegetable center, as it partners with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the launching of the urban vegetable farming project dubbed as “Buhay sa Gulay”, to promote the significance of farming in urban areas and help marginalized urban barangays reduce poverty, eradicate hunger and contribute to food security.

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January 14, 2021   No Comments

Philippines: Department of Agriculture teams up with youth-led architecture design competition to promote urban agriculture

The design competition, dubbed as “RE-TERRA 2021.

“This means, inserting every means of agriculture into every mode of urbanity. Tactically, this involves strategies that mobilize every component and feature of our varied and dense urban landscape towards establishing lasting food security for every Filipino.”

By Department of Agriculture
January 7, 2021


The Department of Agriculture (DA) has teamed up with RE-TERRA, a youth organization, to conduct a design competition for future architects, designers, and developers to garner innovative and transformative designs that integrate agriculture into the urban setting.

“Time and again, I have emphasized the crucial role of the youth in agriculture. They are the source of many bright and fresh ideas, having a strong grasp of emerging trends and technologies,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

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January 13, 2021   No Comments

Webinar: Urban And Peri-Urban Agriculture

Man met een spade over zijn schouder, Daniël Veelwaard (I), after Gerrit Adrianus van Oosterhoudt, 1802 – 1851

What role does urban and peri-urban agriculture play in city food systems in the context of COVID and climate change?

January 21st . 12pm CET, 2021

The majority of the world’s population lives in cities, reaching 65% in 2050. Providing ready access to healthy fresh food, bringing communities together, and educating urban populations about the food system are amongst the drivers for urban and peri-urban agriculture in many cities throughout the world. This webinar will explore how this has developed as part of strategic city-wide approaches to the food system, and will ask whether this activity is more or less important and practical in the context of current crises including COVID and climate change.

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January 12, 2021   No Comments