UA Magazine no. 5 - Methodologies for UA research, policy development, planning and implementation

Urban Agriculture Magazine
December 2001, no. 5

Dear Readers

Agricultural activities within the city limits have existed since the first urban populations were established thousands of years ago. Yet only recently has urban agriculture become a systematic focus of research and development attention as its scale and importance in the urbanising world we live in become increasingly recognised. Urban agriculture has been recognised as a cross-sectoral issue that requires a multi-sectoral and multi-actor approach and active participation of the direct and indirect stakeholders in the planning and implementation of policies and action programmes. This requires the adaptation of the methods used in rural agricultural research and development for the specific urban conditions and to realise an innovative integration of these methods with the methods applied by urban managers and planners and other relevant disciplines.
This issue of the Urban Agriculture Magazine contains the synthesis papers produced by the six topic co-ordinators and selected contributions submitted to the editor and written for the expert workshop "Appropriate Methodologies for Urban Agriculture".
Great news from West Africa this time: the first edition of the UA-Magazine in French has been released by our colleagues of IAGU in Dakar, Senegal. French readers are suggested to contact IAGU. Issue no. 2 on Livestock is now available in Spanish. Please contact UMP-LAC.
You are invited to contribute to future issues of the Urban Agriculture Magazine. Articles would ideally be up to 2,500 words in length, and preferably accompanied by illustrations (digital and of good quality), references and an abstract. As suggested by the Editorial Board, we welcome your contributions on any subject. Articles will be examined for selection by the editorial team consisting of the RUAF-based responsible editor and the external scientific advisor/co-editor.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
The Editor

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