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Urban Food Production in Developing Countries – An Investigation into Various Approaches Taken by Different Cultures

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Rooftop gardening in China (Source: Menkov, n.d.)

This thesis has revealed that there is still much potential to spread the importance of urban food production and to get people engaged in this activity, especially in developing countries.

By Keywan Kiarass Shirazi
Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol Bildungs GmbH
Master International Business Studies ’12
July 15, 2014

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Besides local eating habits and religion, cultural differences were also investigated that have to be considered when applying the concept of animal husbandry from Bangladesh to foreign countries. For the adaptation to one of the three African countries, people who want to get started with this activity need to be supported by somebody who has a profound knowledge in this field. Unfortunately, according to Prof. Rahman, there is
currently a lack of veterinarians in Africa, which makes the adaptation more difficult (Prof. Rahman, 2014). However, if this constraint can be overcome, the practice of animal husbandry can be expanded. Due to the fact that people in all investigated African countries want to achieve quick results, keeping livestock may be a perfect approach. Goats can produce milk quickly which can be sold for good prices at local markets (Prof. Rahman, 2014).

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Durban, South Africa: Man transforms vacant land into veggie garden to feed community

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“I told the boss that this was fertile land and that we should use it to grow veggies.”

By Amanda Khoza
News 24
Feb 6, 2017

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A filling station worker has turned a small plot of unused land at the Engen where he works into a garden producing veggies that feed the staff and local community.

Blessing Pondani, 30, originally from Malawi and now based in Greenwood Park in Durban, started working at the Engen Riverhorse Valley Convenience Centre when the filling station opened its doors in May last year.

He started off as a general cleaner until one day when he inspected the land around the filling station.

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Millennials are getting back to the land — in backyard gardens and urban plots

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Click on image for larger file. Sam Hedges, left, and Seth Matlick harvest fennel from a hoop house on the Vida Verde farm in the North Valley. (Jim Thompson/Journal)

“I love still being able to live in a city,” he said. “Albuquerque is an urban environment but it has a rural feel to it.”

By Elaine D. Briseño
Albuquerque Journal
February 5th, 2017

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Matlick wasn’t quite ready to trade in his ticket to the concrete jungle though. He wanted to farm while still having access to city life. Matlick said when he was growing up urban farms and community gardens were not something available to city dwellers. He said he’s seen it become more popular among his peers, but like him, although they embrace the craft, they aren’t necessarily willing to abandon city living all together.

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