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AGRICULTURE IN URBAN PLANNING Generating Livelihoods and Food Security

Generating Livelihoods and Food Security

Edited by Mark Redwood
Earthscan/IDRC 2008
ISBN 978-1-84407-668-0
e-ISBN 978-1-55250-427-7
272 pp.

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This volume, by researchers working in urban agriculture, examines concrete strategies to integrate city farming into the urban landscape. Drawing on original field work in cities across the rapidly urbanizing global South, the book examines the contribution of urban agriculture and city farming to livelihoods and food security.

Case studies cover food production diversification for robust and secure food provision; the socio-economic and agronomic aspects of urban composting; urban agriculture as a viable livelihood strategy; strategies for integrating city farming into urban landscapes; and the complex social-ecological networks of urban agriculture. Other case studies look at public health aspects including the impact of pesticides, micro-biological risks, pollution and water contamination on food production and people.

Ultimately the book calls on city farmers, politicians, environmentalists, and regulatory bodies to work together to improve the long-term sustainability of urban farming as a major, secure source of food and employment for urban populations.

Mark Redwood is a Senior Program Officer at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and an expert on urban agriculture.
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Foreword 2008

Acknowledgements 2008

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations 2008

Introduction Mark Redwood 2008

1. Household Food Security Among Urban Farmers in Nairobi, Kenya Eunice Wambui Njogu1 2008

2. Urban Compost: A Socio-economic and Agronomic Evaluation in Kumasi, Ghana Nikita S. Eriksen-Hamel and George Danso 1 2008

3. Urban Agriculture as a Livelihood Strategy in Lima, Peru Luis Maldonado Villavicencio 1 2008

4. The Social and Economic Implications of Urban Agriculture on Food Security in Harare, Zimbabwe Charity Mutonodzo1 2008

5. Urban Agriculture and Food Security in Lilongwe and Blantyre, Malawi David Dalison Mkwambisi1 2008

6. An Analysis of the Quality of Wastewater Used to Irrigate Vegetables in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale, Ghana Philip Amoah 1 2008

7. Water Contamination and its Impact on Vegetable Production in the Rı´mac River, Peru Henry Juarez 1 2008

8. Wastewater Use and Urban Agriculture in Kinshasa, DR Congo Kifuani Kia Mayeko 1 2008

9. The Health Impacts of Farming on Producers in Rosario, Argentina Patricia Silvia Propersi 1 2008

10. Using Participatory Education and Action Research for Health Risk Reduction Amongst Farmers in Dakar, Senegal Nita Chaudhuri 1 2008

11. Complex Ecologies and City Spaces: Social–Ecological Networks of Urban Agriculture Laura J. Shillington1 2008

12. Urban Agriculture and Physical Planning: A Case Study of Zaria, Nigeria Chuo Adamu Nsangu 1 2008

13. Conclusion Mark Redwood 2008