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Agriculture in Urban Planning


Agriculture in Urban Planning: generating livelihoods and food security
Edited by Mark Redwood

About this book
This volume, by some of the world's leading experts on urban agriculture and published with IDRC, examines concrete strategies to integrate city farming into the urban landscape. Drawing on original field work in cities across the rapidly urbanizing global south, the book examines the contribution of urban agriculture and city farming to livelihoods and food security.

Case studies cover food production diversification for robust and secure food provision; the socio-economic and agronomic aspects of urban composting; urban agriculture as a viable livelihood strategy; strategies for integrating city farming into urban landscapes; and the complex social-ecological networks of urban agriculture. Other case studies look at public health aspects including the impact of pesticides, micro-biological risks, pollution and water contamination on food production and people. Ultimately, the book calls on city farmers, politicians, environmentalists and regulatory bodies to work together to improve the long term sustainability of urban farming as a major, secure source of food and employment for urban populations.

Review quotes
"Urban agriculture (UA) has many merits and this book is valuable addition to the knowledge as cities are adopting UA as key component of urban development."—Built Environment.

About the editor
Mark Redwood is a senior program officer at the International Development Research Centre and an expert on urban agriculture.

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