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Labour Issues in Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture

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Information and Resource Guide

International Labour Office
Geneva 2013
78 pages
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Executive Summary

Globally, and especially in developing countries with rapidly urbanizing populations, agriculture in towns and cities and their peri-urban fringe areas is expanding. It is increasingly gaining in significance in terms of poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, income generation, employment (especially of women and young people), small-scale business growth, local production and consumption, greening of cities, green jobs, waste management, and tackling climate change. It is estimated that between 15 and 20 per cent of the food consumed in the world is produced in cities and their peri-urban fringes, although there is a lack of accurate data. Urban and peri-urban agriculture can produce fresh food including vegetables, fruits, eggs, milk and dairy products, meat, and fish; at hand, and at affordable prices.

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November 21, 2013   Comments Off on Labour Issues in Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture

‘Oya’ – A terra cotta water saving device for gardens

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Terra cora vessels to water plants

By Josh and Kenny of Growoya
Fall 2013

Excerpts from their Indiegogo page:

The Oya is a locally made terra cotta vessel that is used to water plants. It is fired at a temperature that allows it to remain porous; therefore, when the surrounding earth is dry, more water seeps out. This means your plants are receiving the exact amount of water they need, which leads to healthier plants and bigger yields. No surface watering means saving water and less weeding. It also means you only have to water every 7-10 days. Vacations just got easier.

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November 21, 2013   Comments Off on ‘Oya’ – A terra cotta water saving device for gardens