The socioeconomic impacts of urban agriculture

RUAF Foundation implemented a study for the World Bank on the socioeconomic impacts of urban agriculture in Bangalore (India), Accra (Ghana), Nairobi (Kenya) and Lima (Peru). The study provided evidence regarding the impacts of urban agriculture on the livelihood of the urban poor and understanding of the factors that constrain or facilitate sustainable development of urban agriculture; the investigation resulted in a field-tested methodology for this kind of study.

Duration  2 years

Funding  The World Bank

Project partners  RUAF Foundation (project coordination, the Netherlands); CIP-Urban Harvest (Peru);  International Water Management Institute (Sri Lanka); IPES Promoción del Desarrollo Sostenible (Peru); Instituto de Investigación Nutricional (INN, Peru); and GAMMA Systems (Kenya)

Activities

  • Execution of 4 case studies in Bangalore (India), Accra (Ghana), Nairobi (Kenya) and Lima (Peru) covering a variety of urban agricultural systems and physiographic conditions (see annex D-G of the attached synthesis report).
  • Production of a research report on each case, as well as production and dissemination of a synthesis report containing a comparative analysis of the 4 cases, final conclusions and policy recommendations.
  • Production and dissemination of the final report including the research results enriched with other experiences and existing literature indicating how to better incorporate intra- and peri-urban agriculture in international and municipal policies and programmes.

Results obtained

  • Up-to-date information on the presence, forms and practices of intra- and peri-urban agriculture in the four study cities.
  • Evidence-based information on the possible impacts of intra- and peri-urban agriculture on the livelihood of the urban poor and on the urban environment.
  • A better understanding of the constraining and facilitating factors for development of successful urban agriculture programs; recommendations for city and national governments and World Bank staff.
  • A tested methodology that can facilitate more systematic data-gathering on urban agriculture in other cities in the future

Reports

The following reports were produced:

  • ​The synthesis report on the study .
  • The results of the study were included  as chapters 1-3 in a Worldbank publication on Urban Agriculture prepared by the Urban Development and Resilience Unit of the World Bank: Urban Agriculture a solution to alleviating poverty and the food crisis