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Facilitating outcomes: multi-stakeholder processes for influencing policy change on urban agriculture in selected West African and South Asian cities.


Three cities in West Africa (Accra [Ghana]; Freetown [Sierra Leone]; and Ibadan [Nigeria]) and two cities in South Asia (Gampaha [Sri Lanka] and Magadi [Karnataka, India]

By Amerasinghe, P.; Cofie, O. O.; Larbi, T. O.; Drechsel, P. 2013. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 34p.
(IWMI Research Report 153)


The Multi-stakeholder Policy Formulation and Action Planning approach was applied in the context of a multi-city study to influence and/or change policies that govern urban agriculture practices in three African and two Asian countries. Although the approach was successful and resulted in remarkable outcomes, it showed space for improvement to facilitate its application. The study also showed that there are significant regional differences in how best to achieve policy change, which require careful attention in order to achieve the highest returns on investment in the facilitation of impact pathways.

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January 26, 2014   Comments Off

Sri Lanka – National Policy for Urban Agriculture after ‘Family Business Garden’ Initiatives


PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Thilak T. Ranasinghe (See next page.)

Sri Lanka National Agriculture Policy Documents

Statement – 29 (2003)
Implement a special urban agriculture promotion
program designed to ensure supply of home
consumption needs and environmental protection.

Statement – 17 (2007)
17.1 Promote home-gardening and urban agriculture
to enhance household nutrition and income
17.2 Promote women’s participation in home-gardening.

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November 15, 2008   4 Comments

Family Business Gardens (FBG) – Urban Agriculture In Sri Lanka


Dr. Thilak T. Ranasinghe, Director of Agriculture (Western Province), Colombo, Sri Lanka, has written a 4000 word paper on Family Business Gardens.

“In Sri Lanka, according to the resent studies, it is stated that the urban population will increase from 4,430,000 in 2000 to 9,090,000 by the year 2025. The increasing trends in greater urbanization, an ageing population and increasing female workforce in developing countries pave the way for new forms of demand structures in ready-to-eat foods, functional foods (less fat, less cholesterol, less energy and vitamins added), organic products and time saving products in housekeeping. In other words, increasing urbanization accelerates the process of switching from commodity to diverse banded consumption patterns. Thus, sustainable and economically viable resource utilization will become key aspects in promoting entrepreneurship skills in the urban agricultural production process.”

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January 13, 2008   7 Comments