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The past, present and future of Urban Agriculture in Tanzania

The urban population benefits from it due to increased incomes and better nutrition

By Mvena, Z. S. K
Journal of Agricultural Economics and Development
1999: Vol 3

Abstract:

Urban agriculture in Tanzania has been in existence for many decades. Presently urban agriculture is both extensive and intensive. Urban farmers come from all walks of life. From highly placed government civil servants and wealthy businessmen to the most disadvantaged slum dwellers. Urban
agriculture is constrained by a number of factors including the legal restrictions which dictate the type of crops to be planted and the number of livestock an urban farmer should keep. This paper highlights the potential of urban agriculture, its constraints and possible solutions.

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December 23, 2020   Comments Off on The past, present and future of Urban Agriculture in Tanzania

Urban Ag Project Developing Curriculum to Support Producers, Planners and Policymakers

“Rooted is excited to partner with USDA and the Cornell Small Farms Program on Realizing the Promise of Urban Agriculture,” said Marcia Caton Campbell

By Kacey Deamer
Cornell Small Farms
December 10, 2020

Excerpt:

Our Urban Ag project has partnered with USDA-AMS Marketing Services Division and Rooted, the Madison, WI-based center for urban agriculture enterprise and education, to collaborate and develop classes for commercial urban agriculturists, city planners, and policymakers.

The project is informed by our publication, The Promise of Urban Agriculture, a national study of commercial farming in urban areas released in 2019. We are working with Rooted to revisit findings from the study to develop training to support urban agriculturists, city planners, and urban policymakers to successfully integrate commercial urban farming into city landscapes that promote racial equity and community. Over the next 18 months, the team will build and pilot training online and in-person.

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December 20, 2020   Comments Off on Urban Ag Project Developing Curriculum to Support Producers, Planners and Policymakers

Korea: Video of 2020 Seoul International Conference (Main-Conference) (English)

Mayor of Seoul vice Mayor, Nerima City in Tokyo Mayor of Nerima City and more

Opening Ceremony
Opening Remarks : Jung-hyup Seo (Mayor of Seoul vice Mayor) 4:29

Welcome Speech : Chang-Woo Lee (Committee Chair) 8:07

Congratulatory Speeches : Akio Maekawa (Nerima City in Tokyo Mayor of Nerima City) 11:59

Congratulations Messages on Pickets (major activists and citizens involved in urban agriculture) 13:47

Keynote Speech

Chung-hyun Oh (Professor of Bioenvironmental Studies at Dongguk University) – Agricultural biodiversity and social urban agriculture 15:36

Michael Levenston (City Farmer Society Executive Director) – City Farmer Society Executive Director 20:21

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December 15, 2020   Comments Off on Korea: Video of 2020 Seoul International Conference (Main-Conference) (English)

Korea: Video of 2020 Seoul International Conference (Pre-Conference) (English)

Carbon Neutrality, Biodiversity, Sustainable Food System

14:00 – 14:50 1) Carbon Neutrality (Committee Member Jin-Deok Kim & Mr. Cheol Hwan Ahn) Eunha Jo

Speakers from Overseas

  • Nadina Galle (MIT Senseable City Laboratory Research Fellow – Netherlands)
  • William LoSasso (NYC Parks GreenThumb Director – USA)
  • Josh Whiton (Founder of MakeSoil – USA)

Speaker from Korea

  • Yong-Un Ban (University of Chungbuk, Department of Urban Engineering – Korea)
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December 15, 2020   Comments Off on Korea: Video of 2020 Seoul International Conference (Pre-Conference) (English)

University at Buffalo researchers awarded $1 million grant to advance urban agriculture

UB researchers will collaborate with two Buffalo organizations and one in Minneapolis on a grant to advance policies supporting urban agriculture.

The research team is studying the role of social networks and social capital in urban food systems.

University of Buffalo
Public Health, Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning,
Nov 18, 2020

Excerpt:

“Recent experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic have illustrated the need for well-functioning urban food systems, which are supported by this grant. Design of such systems ought to be informed by experiences of community networks,” said Samina Raja, PhD, principal investigator on the project.

“We are excited to co-produce this research with our community leaders to grow urban agriculture policy from the ground up,” added Raja, professor of urban and regional planning in UB’s School of Architecture and Planning and director of the school’s Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab.

Improved policy awareness helps urban growers better access land, water and resources. Ultimately, urban food systems and grower-policymaker networks lead to healthier, vibrant urban communities.

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November 23, 2020   Comments Off on University at Buffalo researchers awarded $1 million grant to advance urban agriculture

Urban gardening and neglected and underutilized species in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

An urban garden identified in the research in Salvador, Brazil, 2019. Photography from the authors

The formulation of public policies aimed at urban agriculture is essential to support and promote agricultural activities in the municipality of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

By Manuela Alves da Cunha, Lidice Almeida Arlego Paraguassú, José Geraldo de Aquino Assis, Arthur Benjamin de Paula Carvalho Silva & Ryzia de Cassia Vieira Cardoso
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
Volume 16, Article number: 67 (2020)

Abstract

Background
Urban agriculture has been evidenced as a food production and environmental sustainability strategy, although it faces many obstacles in Latin American countries. Additionally, in urban areas, low consumption of fruit and greenery is noticeable, along with loss in food diversity, including the neglected and underutilized species (NUS), which involve potential to strengthen local food systems. For this reason, this work has sought to map urban gardens in the city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, characterizing their gardeners, and to systematize information regarding food produced and the use of NUS.

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November 5, 2020   Comments Off on Urban gardening and neglected and underutilized species in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Nepal: Reinforcing school gardens with home gardens in Nepal to improve family food choices

A WorldVeg team member interviews school children at a project site. Photo credit: Pepijn Schreinemachers

Preliminary findings suggest that there is great promise for small home and school garden projects to foster changes in food choice behavior and improve dietary quality.

Drivers of Food Choice
Krystal Rampalli, MPH,
Pepijn Schreinemachers, Ph.D
May 16, 2019

Excerpt:

To try to gain a clearer understanding of the impact of school gardening programs on food choices and nutrition in Nepal, WorldVeg recently piloted a two-year cluster randomized controlled trial (RCT). The researchers hypothesized that school vegetable gardens combined with nutrition education would improve the food consumption habits and subsequent nutritional status of Nepalese schoolchildren ages 10-15 years old. A secondary hypothesis was that their intervention would help raise awareness and preferences toward healthier foods and sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices (Schreinemachers et al., 2017).

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October 28, 2020   Comments Off on Nepal: Reinforcing school gardens with home gardens in Nepal to improve family food choices