Category — Middle East
A January 2013 evaluation found that two years after the initial support, 50% of rabbit kits that were distributed were still in operation.
Written by Elena Qleibo and Elena Bertola
Edited by Zalynn Peishi, Laura Phelps and Carol Brady
Rabbit Raising intervention
The rabbit raising intervention is funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) and implemented by MA’AN Development Centre.
The rabbit raising intervention seeks to protect the livelihoods of unemployed people and to provide very poor households with increased consumption of protein or vitamin-rich food. This activity was implemented with the intention of increasing household consumption of fresh meat, and allowing beneficiaries to sell surplus rabbits to local markets at affordable prices. Rabbit rearing has been showed to be a sustainable and profitable intervention for small-scale household food production. The intervention was also expected to empower women, as household members recognise the economically productive role that women play. 286 Gazan households were involved.
The rabbit raising intervention was implemented as part of a twelve-month project starting in November 2009.
November 15, 2013 Comments Off
The project will continue to focus on female producers offering the means for them to secure fresh, nutritious food and potentially generate a supplemental income for their family.
By Christopher Somerville and Cyril Ferrand
Field Report/Emergency Nutrition Network
Sept 2013 Issue 46
The initial 15 rooftop aquaponics units showed some promising results. Most of the beneficiaries exerted considerable effort into the management of their units and most harvested a summer crop that was used for household consumption. For some beneficiaries, it reduced the need to purchase food (such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants) in local markets. Others paid less attention to reaching the full production potential of their units and concentrated more on growing some of their favourite herbs and vegetables. Every beneficiary mentioned that they thoroughly enjoyed managing their units.
November 11, 2013 Comments Off
Urban farming on rooftops of buildings in Bab Dreib in besieged Homs
Photo by HOMS Promedia
Also Read: Final dispatch from Homs, the battered city
Marie Colvin (1956-2013) was the only British journalist reporting from inside the besieged Syrian enclave of Baba Amr. This is her final report.
The Sunday Telegraph
19 Feb, 2012
They call it the widows’ basement. Crammed amid makeshift beds and scattered belongings are frightened women and children trapped in the horror of Homs, the Syrian city shaken by two weeks of relentless bombardment.
Among the 300 huddling in this wood factory cellar in the besieged district of Baba Amr is 20-year-old Noor, who lost her husband and her home to the shells and rockets.
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Dhaka roof farmer with his goats. “Dr.M.H.Rahman: I served the Dhaka community through my Veterinary Hospital. The Hospital is still open in my absence. I encouraged people to rear goats, pigeons, ducks and even Japanese quail on their roof-tops since these items have a big market value as there is a consumer preference for micro-livestock. The animal manure is also a source of fertilizer for pot nurseries in Dhaka where this has been the practice for some time.”
Roof-top farming in Dhaka city, where crops include goat, spinach, jute, lemon, guava and many other vegetables that are grown throughout the year.
By Dr.Mohemmed Habibur Rahman, Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
At present: School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Consumer Science, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. P.O.Box: LG 586, Legon
All photos by Dr.Mohemmed Habibur Rahman.
The Case for Building-Integrated Food chain in the inner city
Beyond energy cost, there are additional vulnerabilities in our conventional food-production system. Political crisis like hartal, natural calamities like too much rain, little rain and even flood in the north disrupts communication and in the long-term, reduction of flows water from the upstream will cause water shortages in Bangladesh and its primary vegetable-producing regions. These vulnerabilities are reviving interest in growing food locally (using available resources by the innovative Bangladeshis – once the bottomless basket), and even on the roof tops.
October 21, 2013 Comments Off
To spread urban farming in Pakistan
By Farhan Anwar
The Express Tribune, Pakistan
October 7, 2013
One such initiative has been undertaken in Karachi by the husband and wife team of Yasir Husain and Zahra Ali. They have called it ‘Crops in Pots’, which Zahra Ali started as a blog in 2008. It has grown into a community of 1,500 members who exchange inspiration, ideas and knowledge about organic urban farming. The basic idea is to connect urban organic gardeners and farmers with the general public and to start a conversation about the importance of heirloom seeds and organic farming in cities and also create green spaces from where people can get free food and fight food insecurity.
October 7, 2013 Comments Off
French news report showing the Kalisher Community Garden.
The Kalisher garden enables the Ethiopian community to dig deep, to vitalize and enrich the landscape, to stay connected with their past culture, and to look forward to a bright future in their new homeland.
By Doni Kaye
Aug 28, 2013
This scene encapsulates a typical gardening session at the Kalisher Community Garden located near one of Beer Sheba’s absorption centers designated for families of immigrants from Ethiopia. This summer, I have had the opportunity to work in urban agriculture spaces located near several centers of Israel’s recent immigrant communities, many from Ethiopia. During this time, I have seen how these urban gardens encourage intermingling between community members; yield produce which offers families with an additional source of income; and affords residents with supplemental food options.
August 29, 2013 Comments Off
Ethiopian immigrants tell their stories
Excerpts from Earth’s Promise website:
We recently launched a new storytelling/oral history series with members from the Kalisher Absorption Center in Be’er Sheva, which serves the Ethiopian immigrant community. Sitting in the godjo (mud hut) we built in the Kalisher Community Garden, we have a men’s group and a women’s group of 10 to 15 people each that will meet three times each over the course of a few weeks. With the help of a Hebrew translator, participants each share stories about life back in Ethiopia and coming to Israel. Each session is tape recorded and our goal is to transcribe the stories and compile in a book that will be available in Amharic, Hebrew, and English.
August 7, 2013 Comments Off
The Rooftop Garden Project for Palestinian refugee communities
Problem = Donor reliance, deteriorating health, and lack of food sovereignty. Palestinian refugees, as the longest standing refugee community in the world, continue to be reliant on international humanitarian assistance programs in such a way that restricts their independent development.
Solution = Rooftop gardens that provide Palestinians the capacity to grown their own organic food in dense and restrictive spaces. The rooftop garden addresses the lowering health status of Palestinian refugees by getting to the root of the problem: access to good food.
August 7, 2013 Comments Off
“These gardens are not just part of this neighborhood, they belong to everyone in Istanbul, to everyone in Turkey.”
By Jennifer Hattam
The Atlantic Cities
July 15, 2013
“I don’t know what we’ll do, where we’ll go if our land gets destroyed as well. We don’t have anything else,” says one woman who works a nearby plot along with her husband, scraping out a living selling their chard, corn, radishes, purslane, and herbs at Istanbul’s wholesale fruit and vegetable market.
Like many of the people currently farming along the old city walls, the couple are migrants from Turkey’s Black Sea coast, who have followed in the footsteps of the Greeks, Armenians, Bulgarians, and Albanians who tended the land before them. The specific gardens currently being razed have been identified on a map dating back to 1786, but historical sources indicate that small-scale agriculture was present in the area not long after the UNESCO-designated city walls were built in the 400s.
July 23, 2013 Comments Off
Garden at the Kalisher Absorption Center in Beer Sheva (Photo: JAFI). The Kalisher Absorption Center showcased the colorful fruits and vegetables of its Ethiopian immigrant gardeners.
Greeting visitors was an agricultural oasis of sprawling corn stalks and pumpkin vines
By Sharon Udasin
At the absorption center, each new immigrant family tends to their own garden plot and can grow fruits and vegetables for their own consumption at home, the Jewish Agency explained. In addition to growing Israeli crops, the families raise a variety of traditional Ethiopian vegetables like gomen (a type of lettuce), ma’ashila (a type of corn), doba (a type of pumpkin), barbery (a type of hot pepper), teff (a traditional grain used to make injera flatbread) and zekagbe (a type of basil).
The goal of the community garden setting is to provide the new immigrants with small-scale agriculture that can connect them to their pasts as well as facilitate their absorption into Israel, according to absorption center director Talia Artzi. The center is home to about 320 immigrants.
June 6, 2013 Comments Off
See larger image here. “What is remarkable, in the intensely urban setting of Sana‘a — a walled metropolis crowded with towers today, and the place where the Sabaeans built the 10-story Palace of Ghumdan some two millennia ago — is that not only the words survive: So, too, do the gardens.”
Miqshamah (plural: maqaashim), the garden where they grow their produce, all have an origin just as old but better preserved: qshmt, the Sabaic word for a vegetable plot.
By Tim Mackintosh-Smith
Saudi Aramco World
Tim Mackintosh-Smith lives in an ancient tower house off the “Market of the Cows” in the old city of San’a, Yemen. He is the author of the Yemen: Travels in Dictionaryland (1997) and Yemen: The Unknown Arabia (2000). He is one of the foremost scholars of the Moroccan traveller Ibn Battutah. Mackintosh-Smith has published a trilogy recounting his journeys in “the footnotes” of Ibn Battutah; Travels with A Tangerine (2001), The Hall of a Thousand Columns (2005) and Landfalls (2010).
The Italian writer Alberto Moravia once described Sana‘a as a “Venice of dust.” Since his visit, the streets have been paved with stone, and the dust is less in evidence. But the first impression is still one of sun-dried palazzos, of deep-cut streets flowing with people but devoid of moisture and vegetation. Amid this, it’s easy to overlook the quiet spaces in between. And that is the only way most of the city’s gardens can be seen at all: by overlooking them. Climb to the fifth floor of my house, and two gardens reveal themselves. To the east is Maryam’s, the miqshamah of Khudayr Mosque, a rectangle of green—mostly chives (bay’ah), the dominant garden crop—subdivided by little banks of raised earth. To the west, there is Bustan Na’man.
April 27, 2013 Comments Off
Noga zohar on community garden in beer sheva.
19 gardens are already established while an additional 4 groups are being formed
By Aya Tager
March 27th, 2013
In September 2012, the Israeli desert city of Beersheva became the second municipality in Israel to staff the newly created post of community gardens coordinator. The multidisciplinary position was born through fruitful cooperation between two of the city’s municipality departments – environmental and welfare, following a strategic process aimed at reinforcing local community and environmental elements while encouraging activism amongst the city’s residents. This move marks a significant shift in policy as the municipality re-defined its role over the issue of community gardens around the city.
March 28, 2013 Comments Off
35 million people in Egypt are concentrated in urban centers and 32 percent of the overall population resides in Cairo
By Rana Khalid
March 9, 2013
Shagara hopes to combat poverty by teaching families how to establish small-scale house farms where they can plant different kinds of fruit trees and vegetables such as tomatoes, mint and parsley, in addition to endangered indigenous species like acacia, sycamore and fig trees.
“Because it is difficult to increase environmental awareness among people who can barely make a living, we insist on the economic benefits first and explain the health and ecological interests later on,” he says.
March 11, 2013 Comments Off
International Colloquium Of Urban Agriculture
27 Feb-02 March 2013,
Dr. Amin AL HAKIMI, University of Sana’a, Yemen
Thiago BARBIZAN, Municipality of Sao Paulo
Dr Alison BLAY-PALMER, Wilfried Laurier University, Ontario
Dr Moez BOURAOUI, Université Tunis
Sonia CALLAU, City of Barcelona
Nevin COHEN, The New School, NYC
Julien CUSTOT, FAO Food For Cities
Marielle DUBBELING, Head of RUAF Foundation
Moncef FADILI, UN-Habitat, Morocco
Mehdi GUADI, Association Marocaine pour des Éco-Villes (AMEV)
Dr. Hans R. HERREN, Millenium Institute, Washington
Dr. Abdelkader KAIOUA, Inspecteur de l’Urbanisme, de l’Habitat et de la Politique de la Ville du Grand Casablanca
Andrea KOCH-KRAFT, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
February 15, 2013 Comments Off
Saniora Al Dirawi, is a Gazan woman who helps support her household of nine family members with the food she produces in her urban garden. After her husband was no longer able to work, she applied to the program and learned new techniques, such as proper spacing, composting, cultivation of better varieties of vegetables and the use of a drip irrigation system. “This home garden is the backbone of my ability to provide my children with fresh food,” she states proudly.
The home egg production kits consist of egg-laying chickens, cages and fodder
By AlertNet Contributor
January 21, 2013
Global Communities is supporting households in Gaza by helping them to plant urban gardens to improve their food security. This initiative is being conducted under the Palestinian Community Assistance Program (PCAP) in partnership with Mercy Corps and USAID. The overall goal of PCAP is to support economic recovery and development in Gaza through the creation of income generation and business development opportunities. The agricultural component aims to help vulnerable households by providing urban garden and small livestock kits along with technical training and support to help these families become more food self-sufficient.
February 13, 2013 Comments Off