Reuse of Wastes & Wastewater

Safe and productive use of waste for urban and periurban agriculture - RUAF experiences in WASH

‘Safe and productive use of solid and liquid waste’ implies using rainwater or wastewater (treated or untreated) and organic waste (including human/animal excreta) in small-scale urban and peri-urban agricultural production, as part of resilient urban development. Within the framework of the WASH Alliance International (WAI), the RUAF Foundation, worked on this theme with local partners in five countries: Ghana, Nepal, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh.

Sustainable Urban Food Provisioning (2015)

This brief features recommendations and practices on urban food policy and interventions resulting from the SUPURBFOOD - Sustainable Urban and Peri Urban Food provisioning programme. The brief is elaborated by RUAF, partner in the SUPURBFOOD programme (read more on RUAF's research page). It also constitutes a call for municipal authorities to work together to strengthen capacities and influence relevant regulations (land use policies, food waste, waste recycling and short food chains) at national, European and international levels.

WABEF European Biogas Tour Netherlands (2014)

RUAF, in partnership with CIRAD and UCAD, IAGU, AEDR, SONGHAI, is executing the project Western Africa Bio-wastes for Energy and Fertilizer (WABEF). The purpose is to develop and disseminate an innovative and participative approach to policy influencing bio-waste management through the implementation of viable anaerobic digestion (biogas; bio-fertilisers, other productive use of bio-slurry) technologies in the Sudano-Sahelian context.

Urban Aquaculture Policy briefs S-E-Asia (PAPUSSA) (2006)

This is a series of 5 Policy Briefs prepared by RUAF member organisation ETC on the basis of the results of the studies implemented by the EU funded PAPUSSA (Production in Aquatic Peri-urban Systems in Southeast Asia) project, a collaborative research project of European organisations and Asian partners in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and Bangkok in Thailand coordinated by the Aquaculture Institute of Stirling University.

E-conference: Agricultural use of untreated urban wastewater in low income countries (2004)

The electronic conference "Agricultural use of untreated wastewater in low income countries" (24 June - 5 July 2002) was jointly organized by RUAF and the International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka and attracted 325 participants from 73 countries. 
Topic 1 Strategies to ensure proper management by the farmers of the health and environmental risks associated with the use of untreated wastewater.
Topic 2 Strategies to ensure prevention and reduction of industrial contamination of domestic sewage and rivers that are used for irrigation.

The following documents are available on line: the 2 discussion papers, a number of case studies and the conclusions and recommendations. 

Cities Farming for the Future - Urban Agriculture for Green and Productive Cities

by René van Veenhuizen (ed.). RUAF Foundation, IDRC and IIRR Publishing, 2006

This book presents the progress made in the field of (intra- and peri-) urban agriculture research, policy and development since the ground breaking report UNDP publication "Urban Agriculture". In 14 chapters, experts provide a "state of the art" of the knowledge and experience gained since the mid nineties of the past century in different types of urban agriculture (horticulture, forestry, livestock,aquaculture) and various key issues for policymaking and planning on urban agriculture (multi-stakeholder involvement and gender issues, integration in urban land use planning, economic aspects and marketing, productive reuse of urban wastes, technology development for urban agriculture and financing urban agriculture.    

Annotated Bibliography on Urban Agriculture

by Wietse Bruinsma and Wilfrid Hertog (Eds.), RUAF and Sida, 2002

The annotated bibliography contains a comprehensive literature overview under 16 subject headings. Each chapter contains a "state of the art" paper on the subject followed by selected literature references with abstracts.
The bibliography and the state of the thematic papers were prepared by RUAF Foundation member organization ETC, the Netherlands, in cooperation with TUAN, New York and a large number of experts in other organisations, with financial support of Sida, Sweden and published by RUAF and Sida in 2002. 

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