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The RUAF’s Urban Agriculture Magazine

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If you haven’t read this magazine, you can start right now because all issues are available on-line. It is the only scholarly magazine published on urban agriculture. Pictured above is the latest issue No. 19, dated December 2007. You are invited to contribute to the next issue No. 20 ‘Sustainable Use of Water in Urban Agriculture’ to be published July 2008.

All issues are on-line here.

“The RUAF (or in long form, Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security) has functioned since 1999 as a global network of 6 regional organisations that share a common vision on urban development and poverty reduction and together implement an international programme focussed on urban agriculture and food security.”

The RUAF web site is an excellent resource for scholars including a ‘theme search’ and a number of comprehensive data bases.

  • Urban agriculture – Bibliographic database
  • Urban agriculture – Contacts and experts
  • Urban agriculture – Donor database

See searches here.

For those looking for visuals, the RUAF has put together a page of videos and slideshows on urban agriculture. These include:

  • Video on (policy) dimensions and examples of urban agriculture
  • Slideshow on Types of urban agriculture
  • Video on Small urban producer organisations
  • Rosario cultivates a social economy and solidarity
  • Gardens of Hope – Urban Micro-farming and HIV/AIDS
  • Urban agriculture in Kampala

Videos and slideshows are available here.

The RUAF partners include:

  • ETC, The Netherlands;
  • IPES (Promoción del Desarrollo Sostenible), Peru;
  • IAGU (Institut Africain de Gestion Urbaine), Senegal;
  • IWMI-Ghana (International Water Management Institute), Ghana;
  • MDP-ESA (Municipal Development Partnership – Eastern and Southern Africa), Zimbabwe;
  • IWMI-India (International Water Management Institute), India;
  • IGSNRR (Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resource Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences), China;

Future member:

  • AUB-ESDU (Environment and Sustainable Development Unit, American University of Beirut), Lebanon