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Agriculture in Urban Planning. Generating Livelihoods and Food Security

edited By Mark Redwood

Published by Earthscan & International Development Research Centre (IDRC), 2009 | ISBN 978-184407668

This volume, by researchers working in urban agriculture, examines concrete strategies to integrate city farming into the urban landscape. Drawing on original field work in cities across the rapidly urbanizing global South, the book examines the contribution of urban agriculture and city farming to livelihoods and food security.
Case studies cover food production diversification for robust and secure food provision; the socio-economic and agronomic aspects of urban composting; urban agriculture as a viable livelihood strategy; strategies for integrating city farming into urban landscapes; and the complex social-ecological networks of urban agriculture. Other case studies look at public health aspects including the impact of pesticides, micro-biological risks, pollution and water contamination on food production and people.
Ultimately the book calls on city farmers, politicians, environmentalists, and regulatory bodies to work together to improve the long-term sustainability of urban farming as a major, secure source of food and employment for urban populations.


List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations


Household Food Security Among Urban Farmers in Nairobi, Kenya
Eunice Wambui Njogu

02. Urban Compost: A Socio-economic and Agronomic Evaluation in Kumasi, Ghana
Nikita S. Eriksen-Hamel and George Danso

03. Urban Agriculture as a Livelihood Strategy in Lima, Peru
Luis Maldonado Villavicencio

04. The Social and Economic Implications of Urban Agriculture on Food Security in Harare, Zimbabwe
Charity Mutonodzo

05. Urban Agriculture and Food Security in Lilongwe and Blantyre, Malawi
David Dalison Mkwambisi

06. An Analysis of the Quality of Wastewater Used to Irrigate Vegetables in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale
Ghana Philip Amoah

07. Water Contamination and its Impact on Vegetable Production in the Rı´mac River, Peru

Henry Juarez

08. Wastewater Use and Urban Agriculture in Kinshasa, DR Congo
Kifuani Kia Mayeko

09. The Health Impacts of Farming on Producers in Rosario, Argentina
Patricia Silvia Propersi

10. Using Participatory Education and Action Research for Health Risk Reduction Amongst Farmers in Dakar, Senegal
Nita Chaudhuri

11. Complex Ecologies and City Spaces: Social–Ecological Networks of Urban Agriculture Laura J. Shillington

12. Urban Agriculture and Physical Planning: A Case Study of Zaria, Nigeria
Chuo Adamu Nsangu

13. Conclusion
Mark Redwood



Mark Redwood is a Senior Program Officer at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He is an urban and environmental planner, specialist in water, sanitation and urban agriculture: he has developed and managed numerous projects associated with wastewater reuse for agriculture. He is currently driving IDRC work on greywater use in the Middle East and North Africa.