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Pro-poor legal and institutional frameworks for urban and peri-urban agriculture

Urbanization is one of the key drivers of change in the world today as the world’s urban population will almost double from the current 3.5 billion to more than 6 billion by 2050.

By Yves Cabannes
Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations
Rome, 2012
for the Development Law Service FAO Legal Office

Excerpt: Introduction

The objective of this legislative study is to provide an analysis of the texts and the issues that need to be considered to primarily understand the legal and institutional frameworks that facilitate the agricultural practices of poor urban farmers. Special emphasis is also given to the instruments and frameworks that increase access to food for those living in urban poverty and who do not have access to nutritious food.

The study is divided into four sections. Section 1 of this report provides technical definitions of what is urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) and the extent to which UPA can address the global food insecurity prevailing in
cities today.

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Focus Forward/Short Films – 3 films of interest

Less Field, More Yield | William Mann from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

“Focus Forward is an unprecedented new series of 30 three-minute stories about innovative people who are reshaping the world through act or invention.”

Less Field, More Yield by William Mann

At a time when it is necessary to think differently about crop production, due to climate change, depleted natural resources, population growth and availability of land, the VertiCrop has been developed as a sustainable alternative to traditional agriculture, utilizing advanced hydroponic technologies in controlled environments.

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Senegal: Developing Urban Agriculture

Food Market, Dakar, Senegal. Photo by By Easy Traveler.

Urban agriculture in the Dakar region alone generated 450 million dollars in 2011, supplying 45 percent of the city’s food supply.

By Koffigan E. Adigbli
All Africa
26 Nov. 2012


Dakar — Watering cans in hand, men and women move back and forth between the wells and water storage tanks and the crops they’re watering: carrots, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, and potatoes, as well as fruit trees like palm, coconut, papaya and banana trees.

Growers like Ahmadou Sene are working tirelessly to produce vegetables in and around the Senegalese capital. Sene, in his forties, has a one-hectare plot. For three months of the year, he has a dozen young people to hoe and weed the garden, and for four months a group of 20 women work to harvest and sell his produce.

“Vegetables make up more than 80 percent of my crops,” he said, gesturing towards his garden. He cultivates his field year round, and harvests nearly 12 tonnes of vegetables each quarter.

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Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship in Oregon – Season 3

8-month, season-long training for aspiring urban farmers

Early-bird application deadline is December 15, 2012
Final Application and Scholarship Deadline: January 13, 2013

Multnomah County, in partnership with Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service, is excited to announce the third year of the Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship (BUFA) program. The program is an 8-month, season-long training for aspiring urban farmers and community land stewards. It is designed to give a new generation of beginning farmers the knowledge and skills they need to break into the field of sustainable small-scale, urban farming.

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