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Philippines: Taguig, Manila launches newest urban farm on its Charter Day celebration

Taguig Integrated Urban Farm. And watch evening, opening celebrations here.

The city’s agriculture office chief assured their urban gardening program favors organic farming where pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics, and growth hormones are not used on crops.

By Martin Sadongdong
Manila Bulletin
December 9, 2017
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Excerpt:

City Agriculture Office officer-in-charge Emelita Solis said the urban farm integrated various kinds of urban farming setups like gardens showcasing vertical farming to wooden rack and pole gardens.

She said the creation of the integrated farm served as one way to engage residents in urban farming practices for food production.

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Africa: Urban agriculture, dietary diversity and child health in a sample of Tanzanian town folk

In short, we identified urban agriculture as one channel through which dietary diversity can be increased and, ultimately, improved child health can be achieved in the cities of developing countries.

By Natascha Wagner & Luca Tasciotti
Canadian Journal of Development Studies
Nov 27, 2017

Abstract:

Undernutrition and micronutrient deficiency continue to be two of the major health burdens in less developed economies. In this study, we explore the link between urban agriculture, dietary diversity and child health, using weight-for-age and height-for-age Z-scores. The study makes use of two rounds of observational data for urban Tanzania and employs an instrumental variables estimation approach. We show that practising urban agriculture leads to the consumption of a greater variety of food items and the health status of urban children living in households practising urban agriculture significantly improves in the short and, more importantly, long term.

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Whole Foods helping Backyard Growers grow

Backyard Growers has built the Willowood Community Garden.

Launched in February 2014, Whole Cities Foundation is the third independent nonprofit foundation established by Whole Foods Market.

By Joann Mackenzie
Gloucester Times
Dec 1, 2017

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Gloucester’s Backyard Growers has grown yet another garden, this one with the help of Whole Foods Markets’ Whole Cities Foundation.

Backyard Growers was awarded a $5,000 Community First Grant by the nonprofit foundation, one of three founded to support thriving, self-sustaining local community food systems.

The money, received earlier this fall, has helped add a garden of raised beds — this one in Willowood public housing on Maplewood Avenue — to Backyard Growers’ 67 edible garden beds already in place and thriving in low-income housing communities throughout the city.

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