The future ingredients of our cities
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CTA. 2000. The future ingredients of our cities. Spore 89. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Growing cities, growing food. Urban agriculture on the policy agenda A Reader on Urban Agriculture ACPA, BMZ, CTA, ETC, DSE/ZEL, SIDA, 2000. 543pp, ISBN 3 934068 25 1 CTA number 984. 40 credit points
There is still much ado about urban agriculture (see also p 3 in this issue). Small wonder if in 25 years time, 80% of the world s population will be living in urban environments. In developing countries especially, the city s need for highly perishable products (fish, meat, vegetables and dairy products) will be difficult to meet. A major problem will be the lack of infrastructure to deliver fresh produce quickly and cheaply to town. Intensive urban agricultural production however, will be encouraged by the proximity of a huge consumer market. What does this mean for spatial planning, waste recycling, hygiene standards, regulatory bodies, local economies and food processing industries? Growing cities, growing food can rightfully be called a reader on this topic, introducing the reader to its breadth and complexity. Section One s more conceptual papers offer definitions, analysis and policy options and considerations. Section Two consists of city case studies from all over the world. The African city studies in the reader concern Harare, Nairobi, Accra, Dakar and Dar es Salaam. The reader, for a large part, reflects the discussions of an international co-seminar on urban agriculture held in La Havana, Cuba, from 11 15 October 1999 (See Spore 86, p 8. and Spore 81, p 1.). If you have not yet taken a look at urban agriculture, this reader is an excellent place to start. Growing cities, growing food. Urban agriculture on the policy agenda A Reader on Urban Agriculture ACPA, BMZ, CTA, ETC, DSE/ZEL, SIDA, 2000. 543pp, ISBN 3 934068 25 1 CTA number 984. 40 credit points