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Agriculture in Urban Planning

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Agriculture in Urban Planning – Generating Livelihoods and Food Security

Edited by Mark Redwood
Published with IDRC by Earthscan Publications Ltd.
272 pp., figures, tables & photos, January 2009

This volume, by the world’s leading experts on 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, microbiological 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 Officerat the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and an expert on urban agriculture.
Contents

Foreword * Introduction * Household Food Security Among Urban Farmers * Urban Compost: A Socio-Economic and Agronomic Evaluation
* Urban Agriculture as a Livelihood Strategy * The Social and Economic Implications of Urban Agriculture on Food Security * Urban Agriculture and Food Security * An Analysis of the Quality of Wastewater Used to Irrigate Vegetables * Water Contamination and its Impact on Vegetable Production * Wastewater Use and Urban Agriculture * The Health Impacts of Farming on Producers * Using Participatory Education and Action Research for Health Risk Reduction amongst Farmers * Social-ecological Networks of Urban Agriculture

See link to the book here.