Training & Extension
Submitted by Femke Hoekstra on Wed, 03/29/2006 - 13:26
Wednesday June 21, 13.30 - 15.30 hrs.
The session is organized by McGill University-Canada in cooperation with RUAF partner ETC Urban Agriculture and supported by IDRC.
This panel is based on the experiences gained in the Making the Edible Landscape project, jointly implemented by the above mentioned organisations and local partners in Kampala, Colombo and Rosario.
It will explore how land can be utilized by local authorities for (1) low-cost housing for the urban poor (2) inclusion in low cost housing projects of urban food production and empowerment of citizens through participatory processes, commercialization and income-generation (3) public-private partnership for sustainable development. Four mayors, horticulturists, housing experts and community representatives from the above mentioned cities as well as from Montreal will present urban upgrading and new construction projects that include food production and where the community plays an active part in both the decision-making and the maintenance of public lands.
Submitted by Femke Hoekstra on Tue, 02/07/2006 - 12:09
Leo van den Berg, Nguyen Vinh Quang and Guo Zhongxing
In: UA Magazine No. 15 - Multiple Functions of Urban Agriculture
Submitted by Femke Hoekstra on Tue, 01/17/2006 - 15:52
Adequate Services for sustainable urban agriculture
Henk de Zeeuw (ETC-RUAF, Leusden, The Netherlands)
Submitted by Femke Hoekstra on Wed, 01/11/2006 - 13:18
Extension, Marketing and Credit Services, introduced by: Henk de Zeeuw (ETC-RUAF, Leusden, The Netherlands)
In: Annotated Bibliography on Urban Agriculture
Submitted by Femke Hoekstra on Wed, 01/11/2006 - 12:28
In conjunction with Sida, ETC Netherlands, TUAN and other organisations, "An Annotated Bibliography on Urban Agriculture" has been produced. It contains 16 themes with State of the Art introductions. This Annotated Bibliography on Urban Agriculture contains a comprehensive literature overview in 17 chapters, each with a "state of the art" overview followed by literature references with abstracts.
Submitted by Guest on Mon, 07/04/2005 - 19:13
Sangeetha Purushothaman, M.S. Subhas and Mitali Nagrecha
In: UA Magazine No. 12 - Gender and Urban Agriculture
In the periurban interface immense changes in livelihoods and land use occur. Expansion of cities stimulated by globalisation and privatisation poses risks for existing livelihoods as well as opportunities for new livelihoods by making use of urban employment and markets. Decision makers in urban and rural government agencies and in development agencies alike need to recognise these changes that are already underway, and respond in ways that turn these changes into opportunities for new livelihoods for the periurban and rural poor. This paper discusses some of the practices currently in place, which open up marketing avenues for the poor and for women.
Submitted by Guest on Thu, 06/23/2005 - 16:03
In: UA Magazine 9 - Financing Urban Agriculture
In Nepal there are 58 municipalities and about 80% of the Nepalese population depends on agriculture, which is mainly based in the rural areas. Due to the high urbanisation rate, most of the arable land of Kathmandu inner city is occupied by housing and agricultural production has thus been reduced. More arable land is in the city's outer ring area, where people are involved in agriculture (rice and wheat) and horticulture and processing on a larger scale, the products of which are sold at the local market. The impact of two cooperatives are described here: MPSACCO, a women-only cooperative which has adopted two types of lending methodologies: Individual lending and Peer lending, and SSACCO, which is a mixed membership cooperative, adopted Individual lending only.
Submitted by Guest on Thu, 06/23/2005 - 15:58
Gabriel Ramírez García
In: UA Magazine 9 - Financing Urban Agriculture
In Mexico, large portions of farmland have been incorporated into the hierarchy and dynamics of big cities. One of the territories that share the megalopolitan dynamics of Mexico City is Texcoco, located in the state of Mexico, 20 kilometres from the capital city of Mexico. In Texcoco, 42 out of 54 communities are considered rural, and the mission of the present government is to preserve their production space from the urban influence. In 1997, the Rural Development Unit started the Productive Micro-credit Programme as a pilot. The goal of the programme was to strengthen farming activities in the region especially for small- and medium-sized producers, through the provision of economic aid. This programme is evaluated here.
Submitted by Guest on Thu, 06/16/2005 - 10:37
Alain Santandreu, Alberto Gómez Perazzoli and Marielle Dubbeling
In: UA Magazine 6 - Transition to Ecological Urban Agriculture: A Challenge
Over the years the poor have migrated to the cities in Latin America and the Caribbean in their search for higher incomes and a better life. Cities in the region have grown rapidly, and for the first time in history there are more poor people living in urban than in rural areas. Among the strategies employed by both the poorer urban population, and the local governments are agriculture and biodiversity conservation. Recent research conducted in Havana (Cuba); Montevideo (Uruguay) and Porto Alegre (Brazil) provide ample examples thereof.
Submitted by Guest on Thu, 06/09/2005 - 14:50
In: UA Magazine 5 - Methodologies for UA research, policy development, planning and implementation
Farmers in urban settings sometimes have limited pools of local technical knowledge on which to draw compared to their rural counterparts, sometimes because they are new to farming, sometimes because the environment in which they farm is new and unfamiliar. The Farmer Field Schools (FFS) provides the means for farmers and facilitators to explore available local knowledge and very importantly in this context, to identify the knowledge gaps that need to be addressed. Some pros and cons are discussed below.