Agriculture in Urban Planning: Generating Livelihoods and by Mark Redwood

By Mark Redwood

Released with IDRC This quantity, by means of a number of the world's major specialists on city agriculture, examines concrete options to combine urban farming into the city panorama. Drawing on unique box paintings in towns around the speedily urbanizing international south, the publication examines the contribution of city agriculture and town farming to livelihoods and nutrition safety. Case reviews hide nutrition creation diversification for powerful and safe nutrition provision; the socio-economic and agronomic points of city composting; city agriculture as a doable livelihood method; ideas for integrating urban farming into city landscapes; and the advanced social-ecological networks of city agriculture. different case experiences examine public wellbeing and fitness features together with the impression of insecticides, micro-biological hazards, toxins and water infection on nutrients creation and folks. eventually the publication calls on urban farmers, politicians, environmentalists and regulatory our bodies to interact to enhance the long run sustainability of city farming as an enormous, safe resource of meals and employment for city populations.

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The government has been restructuring and partially privatizing the public extension system to improve extension-service delivery to all farmers regardless of their socio-economic class (Government of Kenya, 2004). However, according to Ishani and Lamba (unpublished work, 2007), urban and peri-urban agriculture and livestock (UPAL) is not recognized in this policy. Fortunately, the National Livestock Extension Programme (NALEP) has been introduced in Nairobi province to support farmers (Z. Ishani and D.

The lack of facilities to collect, transport and treat municipal, agricultural and industrial wastes poses a major challenge to the rapidly expanding cities of West Africa. To address this, new and innovative methods of collection, transport, processing and storage need to be identified. Composting of municipal wastes and using the compost for agricultural purposes is a quickly growing and viable option to managing urban wastes in both the developed and developing world (Drechsel and Kunze, 2001).

More and more people are unwilling to participate since research too often is not seen to lead to a tangible change in one’s livelihood. The distance between scientists and researchers is often huge and difficult to surmount (Bentley, 1994). Stories of researchers making promises that are never fulfilled abound. There is a common expectation that study will lead to change, and while this is sometimes the case, it is not always true. Njogu describes challenges encountered in her follow-up survey where some of those who had participated in the baseline analysis refused to be interviewed in the followup, because they had not been selected for the pilot intervention.

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