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AGROPOLIS The Social, Political, and Environmental Dimensions of Urban Agriculture

1-55250-186-8.jpg AGROPOLIS
The Social, Political, and Environmental Dimensions of Urban Agriculture

Edited by Luc J.A. Mougeot
Earthscan/IDRC 2005
ISBN 1-84407-232-0
e-ISBN 1-55250-186-8
308 pp.

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Urban agriculture is an increasingly popular practice in cities worldwide, and a sustainable future for it is critical, especially for the urban poor of the developing world. This book presents the first findings of original field research projects funded by IDRC’s AGROPOLIS International Graduate Research Awards on Urban Agriculture. Countries studied include Argentina, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, France, Togo, Tunisia, the UK, and Zimbabwe. Together, these studies examine concrete strategies to better integrate “city farming” into the urban landscape.

Luc J. A. Mougeot is Senior Program Specialist at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where he initiated the Cities Feeding People program initiative in 1997.
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Foreword Diana Lee-Smith 2005

Preface 2005

Acknowledgements 2005

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations 2005

Introduction Luc J. A. Mougeot 2005
Urban agriculture and the millennium development goals; Urban agriculture and food security; Urban agriculture for more decent and productive urban livelihoods; Urban agriculture as a tool for sustainable urbanization; Linking research with policy development; The origin of this book; The contributions to this book; Baselines and action research: different stages in the research cycle; A wide range of country situations; Public policy influence on small-scaled urban agriculture; A gendered approach to research on urban agriculture; Facilitating local public attention to urban producers; Promoting institutional research and training on urban agriculture; Conclusion

Chapter 1 - Survival of the Poorest: Migration and Food Security in Namibia Bruce Frayne1 2005
Introduction; Literature overview and key concepts; Methodology; Research findings; Circular and reciprocal urbanization; Reflections for further research

Chapter 2 - The Pest-control System in the Market Gardens of Lomé, Togo Komla Tallaki 2005
Introduction; The issue and methodology; Results, analysis and discussion; Assessing the study's impact; Conclusions and recommendations

Chapter 3 - Determinants of Urban Livestock Adoption in the 'Zone Dense' of Khorogo, Côte d'Ivoire: A Tobit Approach Mody Bakar Barry 2005
Introduction; Methodology; Field data collection; The empirical Tobit model; Results and discussion; Conclusion and policy implications; Annex 1. Comments on models used in the literature; Annex 2. Livestock inventory in Khorogo

Chapter 4 - Exploring the Gender Dimensions of Urban Open-space Cultivation in Harare, Zimbabwe Stephanie Gabel 2005
Introduction; Objectives; Methodology; Strengths and weaknesses of the research; Preliminary research findings and analysis; Reflections for further research; Impacts of the field research grant; Conclusion and recommendations

Chapter 5 - Gender, Commercial Urban Agriculture and Urban Food Supply in Greater Gaborone, Botswana Alice J. Hovorka 2005
Introduction; Objectives, hypotheses and concepts; Methodology; Research findings; Reflections for further research; Field research grant impacts

Chapter 6 - Moving between the Plan and the Ground: Shifting Perspectives on Urban Agriculture in Havana, Cuba Adriana Premat 2005
Introduction; Concepts, questions and methodology; Preliminary findings; Contributions to the field of urban agriculture and impacts of field research; Conclusions

Chapter 7 - Urban Agriculture and Local Sustainable Development in Rosario, Argentina: Integration of Economic, Social, Technical and Environmental Variables Eduardo Spiaggi 2005
Introduction; Conceptual framework and hypotheses; Methodology; Research findings; Reflections for further research; Other impacts of field research; Conclusions and recommendations

Chapter 8 - Agri-urban Development from a Land-use Planning Perspective: The Saclay Plateau (France) and the Sijoumi Plain (Tunisia) Moez Bouraoui 2005
Introduction; Selection and presentation of the sites; Research focus, hypotheses and objectives; Research methodology; Research findings; Conclusion and recommendations; Annex 1. Interview questionnaire; Annex 2. Photographic support used to determine the landscape preferences of the inhabitants of the Saclay Plateau

Chapter 9 - Assessing Benefits from Allotments as a Component of Urban Agriculture in England Arturo Perez-Vazquez, Simon Anderson and Alan W. Rogers 2005
Introduction; General objective and hypothesis; Research design and methodologies; Results and discussion; Significance of the findings; Conclusions and recommendations; Annex 1. Key informants and allotment site Locations in Ashford, Kent

Conclusion - Neglected Issues on Form and Substance of Research on Urban Agriculture Luc J. A. Mougeot 2005
Role of urban agriculture in urban food supply and security: Urban contexts and rural/urban entitlements; Improving the quality of survey data and official statistics; From baselines to action research for changes on the ground; Stakeholder assessment: An often neglected and important first step in policy analysis; The world of local organizations for urban agriculture; The role of urban agriculture in nurturing socio-biodiversity; Measuring the less tangible benefits and costs of the urban agriculture function