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‘I cycled 5000 miles guerrilla gardening, trading seeds’

Our Urban Soil

By Tom Boyden
Trending City
Dec 19, 2013

I cycled 5000 miles guerilla gardening, trading seeds and working with organic and urban farmers in 9 countries. I filmed everything with the idea that I’d make a 3 minute action movie to get people thinking about our soil and the huge part it plays in the sustainability of our cities.

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Enhancing vegetable-based farming and food systems in peri-urban corridors in Africa

afrifarmsFarmers tend a field near Yelwa, Nigeria.

The project aims to train 120 young people in each of the four countries, and to reach about 6,000 farming households through open participation and farmer-to-farmer diffusion.

By Caspar van Vark
Guardian
17 December 2013

Excerpt:

“Populations in general are growing very rapidly in Africa, and on top of that we’re seeing increased urbanisation,” says Mellissa Wood, director of the AIFSRC.

“But young people in cities are not necessarily finding employment opportunities, and that is potentially increasing future food security issues in these regions. This project is quite holistic, so it’s getting young people into vegetable production as a source of livelihoods, helping existing farmers too, and optimising the whole system by finding improved varieties that will work well in particular regions, and strengthening value chains.”

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Garden Display at Natural History Museum in London

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Museum: ‘Winner of Best of the Best in the Museums and Heritage Awards 2013’

Photos by Bronwyn Smyth
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD UK.
Dec 2013

Excerpt from their site:

We are a world-class visitor attraction and a leading science research centre. We welcome 5 million visitors a year.

The Museum looks after 70 million natural history specimens and six million rare books and manuscripts at our site in South Kensington, our Museum at Tring and our storage facility in Wandsworth.

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