Urban Agriculture and Emergencies

Emergency situations often result in people fleeing their homes, who have to remain in refugee camps or in and around urban areas for extended periods. Many displaced people, engage in agriculture for subsistence and market production. And where some years ago local authorities and relief agencies did not allow such activities for fear of people settling permanently and land conflicts, nowadays such activities are often actively supported amongst others applying "low space" technologies (like gardening in containers, hanging bags, etcetera). In the LRRD process (Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development) urban agriculture may offer good options for the provision of fresh vegetables and other perishables to the population of these “new towns” in addition to generating some income, and self-reliance. Urban agriculture can play an important role in all aspects of the disaster management cycle and is a multifunctional policy instrument and tool for practical application.

For an introduction to this subject please see the Editorial of the Urban Agriculture Magazine #21 on Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development

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