UA Magazine no. 18 - Building Communities through Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture is, in principle, multi-functional. It touches on many different urban sectors in its practice and outcomes, like urban food security and nutrition, public health, economic development, social inclusion and urban environmental management. In this issue we focus on urban agriculture as a direct strategy for poverty alleviation and social integration among disadvantaged groups (such as immigrants or refugees, HIV/Aids-affected households, the disabled, female-headed households with children, elderly people without pensions, young people without jobs) by integrating them more strongly into the urban network and providing them with a decent livelihood. Examples of the social impact of urban agriculture and the varieties of this impact around the world are presented. Their lessons can be used in supporting other organisations and future urban farmers in the building of sustainable cities.


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