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Urban agriculture, poverty, and food security: Empirical evidence from a sample of developing countries

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By Alberto Zezza and Luca Tasciottia
Agricultural Development Economics Division,
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy
Available online 14 May 2010.

Abstract

Urban agriculture may have a role to play in addressing urban food insecurity problems, which are bound to become increasingly important with the secular trend towards the urbanization of poverty and of population in developing regions. Our understanding of the importance, nature and food security implications of urban agriculture is however plagued by a lack of good quality, reliable data. While studies based on survey data do exist for several major cities, much of the evidence is still qualitative if not anecdotal. Using a recently created dataset bringing together comparable, nationally representative household survey data for 15 developing or transition countries, this paper analyzes in a comparative international perspective the importance of urban agriculture for the urban poor and food insecure.

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May 20, 2010   Comments Off on Urban agriculture, poverty, and food security: Empirical evidence from a sample of developing countries

BrightFarm Systems develops futuristic urban agriculture projects

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GreenMarket sustainable food production facility, United Arab Emerates

GreenMarket, UAE

The GreenMarket utilizes BrightFarm Systems pioneering rooftop and facade mounted, sustainable greenhouse designs, to integrate hydroponic food production into civic buildings. The layers of vegetation encased in the walls of the building provide shade for the building interior.

The interior of the building structure is designed to serve as marketplaces, recreation centers, meeting halls, or any function that can benefit from enclosed, naturally lit, shaded, conditioned or semi-conditioned space. In the Abu Dhabi climate, these spaces will be extremely appealing in the summer, but should also be very comfortable at all times of year.

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June 10, 2009   Comments Off on BrightFarm Systems develops futuristic urban agriculture projects

São Paulo, Brazil – Cities Without Hunger – With employment and income, it all begins in a garden.

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Already 13 gardens, 665 persons with direct benefit, 2,660 persons with indirect benefit, 48 professional training courses taught.

São Paulo, a superlative metropolis, boasting impressive numbers revealing of its grandeur, riches, and differences too. A city that together with other 38 municipalities forms the so-called Greater São Paulo, awarding it the title of the world’s fourth largest conurbation, with 19 million inhabitants, while São Paulo city alone is home to eleven million people.

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January 4, 2009   Comments Off on São Paulo, Brazil – Cities Without Hunger – With employment and income, it all begins in a garden.

1937 – Children Boxing in an Allotment Garden

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2nd July 1937: Children in the allotments of the London Children’s Gardens Fund at Clerkenwell take a break from gardening with their weekly bout of boxing. Larger image here.

November 30, 2008   Comments Off on 1937 – Children Boxing in an Allotment Garden

Urban farming school takes root

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Photo By Steve Bosch. Kent Mullinix is a sustainable agriculture specialist at Kwantlen College Institute for Sustainable Horticulture.

Instruction would be based on intensive farming on small plots.

By Larry Pynn
The Vancouver Sun – 29 Nov 2008

A school of urban farming — a North American first — is finding fertile soil in Richmond BC Canada.

Richmond’s parks, recreation, and cultural services committee has unanimously endorsed the concept of an urban farm school and directed staff to investigate city land for such a project, either at Terra Nova park at the west end of Westminster Highway, or the south end of Gilbert Road.

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November 29, 2008   Comments Off on Urban farming school takes root

A Compost Heap – Plant Canteen – 1944 cartoon


Watch Plant Canteen – A Compost Heap – 1944 cartoon

1944 Cartoon – Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries “Dig For Victory Leaflet No 7

Commentary – “Thanks Mr Middleton. Mr Middleton – Good Afternoon, we all expect vegetables to feed us but we’ve got to see that we feed them properly too. Suppose we get down to the root of the matter. Plants need food just as much as we do, and it must be in a form they can assimilated. This is where humas comes in. Humas is composed mainly of decayed vegetable matter.

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November 27, 2008   Comments Off on A Compost Heap – Plant Canteen – 1944 cartoon

Cross-country ride urges White House to add organic farm

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Photo from the Birmingham News: Casey Gustowarow and Daniel Bowman Simon are driving around the country in an eye-catching bus, topped with an organic garden, gathering signatures on a petition calling for President-Elect Obama to plant an organic farm on the White House Lawn.

By Thomas Spencer
Oct 14, 2008

Using the White House grounds to produce food is not a new idea. Eleanor Roosevelt planted a Victory Garden during World War 2 to encourage American to increase food production.

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November 12, 2008   Comments Off on Cross-country ride urges White House to add organic farm