UA Magazine no. 7 - Economic Aspects of Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture Magazine
August 2002, no. 7

Dear Readers

June and July have been very productive for RUAF, especially for the Magazine. Aside from the development of this issue, no. 7, on the Ecomomics of Urban Agriculture, we have had the Electronic Conference on "Agricultural Use of Untreated Urban Wastewater in Low Income Countries", which will be the topic for the next issue of the UA-Magazine (no.8) and two special issues of the UA-Magazine have also been published. The first one, Urban Agriculture and Food Security, was distributed at the FAO World Summit on Food Security, held in June in Rome, Italy. The second, has been prepared for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, which will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in August 2002. Both specials can be downloaded as PDF at the bottom of this page.
Urban agriculture provides multiple functions and benefits to urban dwellers and cities. Political support is growing but further research and financial support to urban agriculture is necessary. In this issue no. 7of the UA Magazine we focus on the analysis and understanding of the economics of urban agriculture, during periods of economic recession as well as in times of a well developing economy. The Economics of Urban Agriculture is a wide area of study. Various case studies are presented in this issue analysing factors as employment, income, contribution to household food and support in access to markets and credit, both at household and/or municipal level. Investment in and support to urban agriculture is touched upon in quite a number of articles. This important issue will be elaborated upon in the UA-Magazine no. 9, to be presented to you in March 2003.
Further good news is that the RUAF partners are now complete and that thus, the editions of the UA-Magazine in Chinese and Arabic are about to be released by our colleagues of CEDARE in Cairo, Egypt and IGSNRR in China. Readers in those languages are suggested to contact these institutes. The Spanish and French editions of the UA-Magazine have both now published no. 4 on Urban Planning.
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