This study, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) (Canada) and undertaken in cooperation with UN-HABITAT (Nairobi), studied the impacts of the food price hike and economic crisis of 2007/2008 on the food security and nutritional status of young children and their mothers in 5 cities: Colombo (Sri Lanka), Accra (Ghana), Bogota (Colombia), Copperbelt (Zambia) and Rosario (Argentina).
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)
- 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.
- 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.
- The findings were presented in a special session at the World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro.
- 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.
The following reports were produced: