Research support: Slick city farmers
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CTA. 1998. Research support: Slick city farmers. Spore 78. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Millions of women and men are now farming in cities (see Spore 77). They are growing crops on unused land by roadsides and on perilous rooftops, raising animals in abandoned buildings, and recycling organic wastes into compost.Most city farmers are...
Millions of women and men are now farming in cities (see Spore 77). They are growing crops on unused land by roadsides and on perilous rooftops, raising animals in abandoned buildings, and recycling organic wastes into compost. Most city farmers are very poor, and toil away without any government policies or services to support them, nor access to credit and technology. Some of the methods they use are hazardous to health, economically less lucrative and socially inequitable. A new research awards programme, AGROPOLIS (no relation of the Agropolis research and information centre in Montpellier, France), aims to add to the body of knowledge of urban and peri-urban agriculture, and thus help improve policy and financial measures in this field. It supports innovative research at the Master's and Doctoral level, implemented with non-academic partners such as community-based organisations and city councils. Awards for up to 20,000 Canadian dollars are available and are designed primarily for researchers from developing countries, for projects between 3 and 12 months. AGROPOLIS is part of the new Support Group on Urban Agriculture, sponsored by FAO, UNDP, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Netherlands Development Agency (NEDA ? formerly DGIS). Contact: AGROPOLIS c/o IDRC PO Box 8500, Ottawa Ontario, Canada K1G 3H9 Fax: + 1 613 567 7749 Email: Agropolis@idrc.ca Website: www.cityfarmer.org http://www.agricta.org/Spore/spore78