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Financing urban agriculture

This paper reports on action research undertaken by local teams in 17 cities of different size in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

By Yves Cabannes
Development Planning Unit, University College London
Environment and Urbanization
October 2012 vol. 24 no. 2 665-683
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Abstract

For most small urban farmers, the lack of access to financing is a major bottleneck in their capacity to maintain and expand their activities, and more generally in the potential for scaling up affordable food production in cities. This paper reports on action research undertaken by local teams in 17 cities of different size in Latin America, Asia and Africa. In each city, the teams examined how urban farmers are financing their activities along the value chain, essentially with their own resources, what the gaps are between their needs and the existing practices of public and private institutions with regard to finance, and what mechanisms and innovations can help to close this gap.

Financing is defined here as a complex, dynamic combination of resource mobilization, both monetary and non-monetary, plus savings, subsidies and credits.

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1 comment

1 Sandiso { 02.04.13 at 7:06 am }

We are South African youths doing urban agriculture organic,we are face with this challenge of finance to grow our programmers as this organisation called INITY N.P.O. reg no 080-491.We seek help and assistance to have more community gardens around our location in Nkanini.

One of the most challenged place hear in Cape Town- township and is an informal settlement.This will grow the interest to members of this community growing there own food and fight poverty we living in hear at Nkanini.We call for help as this movement youths involved in agriculture with the mission having more young people in this field of organic agriculture.Your response will be highly honored to our movement of INITY.