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Urban Agriculture in Liberia, Africa

Policy Narrative on urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) in Liberia

Analysis of UPA in Greater Monrovia, Tubmanburg
and Gbarnga, facilitated by Welthungerhilfe, CARE
Liberia and RUAF, under their UPA programmes (EU
funded).
April 2012

Excerpt: Introduction

The total population of Liberia is estimated at 3.9 million with an annual average growth rate of 2.1 (GoL, 2011a). Almost 50 percent is living in urban areas, and Liberia is rapidly urbanizing with an annual urban population growth of 4.5 percent (ACF, 2010; GoL, 2010). The majority of this urban population, estimated at around 1.2 million, lives in Greater Monrovia, but due to rural-to-urban migration and continued unrest in the region, smaller urban settlements, such as Gbarnga (approximately 35,000 inhabitants) and Tubmanburg (approximately 20,000) are also growing rapidly. Attention to sustainable development of these smaller cities is increasingly seen as important (UN Habitat, 2006, GoL, 2011b). Greater Monrovia stretches over 20,000 ha, including the city of Monrovia, several townships and the city of Paynesville. The organisation under the Greater Monrovia City is being discussed.

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Across New York City, gardens and miniature farms are must-have teaching tools


Children at the 2,400-square-foot Fifth Street Farm, a garden atop three East Village schools. Photo by Ángel Franco/The New York Times.

In the Book Bag, More Garden Tools

By Lisa W. Foderaro
New York Times
November 23, 2012

Excerpt:

Across New York City, gardens and miniature farms — whether on rooftops or at ground level — are joining smart boards and digital darkrooms as must-have teaching tools. They are being used in subjects as varied as science, art, mathematics and social studies. In the past two years, the number of school-based gardens registered with the city jumped to 232, from 40, according to GreenThumb, a division of the parks department that provides schools with technical support.

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SOLEfood Farm changes landscapes and lives in Vancouver, BC


In the shadow of BC Place in Vancouver and in the dark reaches of the Downtown Eastside, exists a business with heart: SOLEfood Farm.

It is a business like no other, whose primary goal is social, with a secondary aim to become a model for urban agriculture.

By Beverley Smith
The Globe and Mail
Nov. 20 2012

Excerpt:

In 2009, the project’s first year, the farm grew 10,000 pounds of produce on its first half-acre lot, an incongruous site against the walls of the Astoria Hotel in the Downtown Eastside, a neighbourhood that is home to many of the city’s most disadvantaged.

To grow rainbow-coloured chard, pink radishes and giant onions that sprout from rich soil in moveable planting boxes, SOLEfood farm employs 25 disadvantaged people who can’t find traditional work because of drug addiction, poverty or mental illness.

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