City authorities of growing cities have to cope with a diversity of needs of their citizens. Increasingly, they see the relation between agriculture in and immediately around cities and many urban issues. Open green spaces in the city may combine different functions, such as an improvement of access to fresh perishable food with a healthy environment, leisure or sports and a connection to the rural and natural.
Municipal authorities all over the world have come to understand the role urban and periurban farmers can play in maintaining these green zones in the city and likewise, innovative farmers in and around cities are increasingly aware of the needs of the urban population and have started to come up with creative responses to urban demands.
It is recognised by different urban actors that instead of specialisation of farmers into agro-industries as separate from for instance urban and periurban parks, it may be cheaper and more environmentally sound to combine these functions.
This issue of the UA Magazine presents to you a number of examples of (combinations of) these different function of urban agriculture. It also includes contribution on alternative urban design and how to value agriculture against the cost of the current food system or current urban land uses. It is argued that farmers should be aware of the “externalities
- Multifunctionality and Sustainability of Urban Agriculture
- Scenario’s for Periurban Horticulture in Hanoi and Nanjing
- Multiple Functions of Agriculture in Bohicon and Abomey, Benin
- Promoting the Multifunctionality of Urban and Periurban Agriculture in Hanoi
- Multi-functional Agrotourism in Beijing
- Urban Farming in the South Durban Basin
- Building Food-Secure Neighbourhoods: The role of allotment gardens
- Urban Agriculture as a Mechanism for Urban Upgrading
- Building Food Secure Neighbourhoods In Rosario
- Making the Edible Landscape: Integrating productive growing in urban developments
- Demonstration Gardens in Almirante Brown, Argentina
- Urban Agriculture in the Gaza Strip, Palestine
- Multifunctionality of Periurban Open Spaces in Setif, Algeria
- Bringing Soul Back to Wai’anae: the Mala ‘Ai ’Opio Farm
- Urban Agriculture in the Netherlands: Multifunctionality as an organisational strategy
- Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: Urban agriculture as an essential infrastructure
- FoodSpace: Food production in the city
- Farmer Response to Urban Pressures on Land, the Tamale experience
- Multifunctional Land Use in a Small Urban Agricultural Community in Lagos
- From Food Security to Food Safety: urban development in Bucharest