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Amman, Jordan: In home gardens, there’s income and food for urban poor

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Last week the Jordanian ministry of agriculture decided to start selling fruit saplings to the public at bargain prices

By Elizabeth Whitman
The Business Mirror
Inter Press Service
14 Dec 2013

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As utilitarian as it is cheery, this rooftop array is one of several urban-agriculture projects that are significantly improving livelihoods for the urban poor in this sprawling city. A slowly but steadily growing phenomenon in Jordan, urban agriculture has vast potential for reducing poverty and improving food security, and it has the added benefit of greening and cleaning up more rundown sections of cities.

But the success of urban agriculture depends on key components that are increasingly difficult to secure: land and water. Space for planting is growing ever slimmer in Jordan, and the country suffers from a perpetual shortage of water.

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A Roaming Community Garden, To Help Green Vacant Lots

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No property owner wants to be held responsible for ripping up a garden when they want to build something else, but Nomad Garden’s designs–soon to come to life in San Francisco–mean they won’t have to.

By Adele Peters
Fast Coexist
Dec 16, 2013

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When she first moved to San Francisco, architect Stephanie Goodson missed having a garden. After several failed attempts at growing food in her dimly-lit apartment, she started thinking about the many temporarily vacant lots she saw when running through her neighborhood. Four years later, Nomad Gardens–her design for a mobile community garden that can move from lot to lot–is about to break ground.

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