The Center for Development Innovation (Wageningen University) -in cooperation with RUAF Foundation and other partners- is organising a 2 week training course on “Food Security in an Urbanizing Society. From home gardens to agro-parks: working towards resilient agrifood systems serving densely populated areas”.
This publication by the World bank provides an in-depth view of the impacts of urban agriculture on income, food security and nutrition, and its role in creating cities that are green, inclusive, and sustainable. The report is based on studies conducted by the RUAF Foundation in Accra, Bangalore, Lima and Nairobi in 2012.
This report, prepared by UN-Habitat, ICLEI-Africa and UCLG-Africa, reviews the daunting challenges in African cities and argues for a bold re-imagining of prevailing urban development based on a thorough review of all available options including urban agriculture. Various cases are presented, including ones supported by RUAF.
Tucked away in the heart of Orchard Road is a vegetable and fish farm called Comcrop located on the rooftop of *SCAPE. With 6,000 square feet of space, it can produce eight to 10 times more than traditional farms over the same area by using vertical farming techniques.
Coastal ecosystems are a crucial source of food and protection for seaside cities. But competition for marine resources and the expansion of urban areas into coastal land have resulted in environmental degradation, which in turn causes food insecurity and vulnerability especially for the urban poor.