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Cities, poverty and food: Multi-stakeholder policy and planning in urban agriculture

Cities, poverty and food

By Marielle Dubbeling, Henk de Zeeuw and René van Veenhuizen
Published by Practical Action Publishing
Website: www.practicalactionpublishing.org
2010, 192pp, ISBN 978 1 85339 709 7(Pb), £14.36

Safe and sustainable urban agriculture enhances access to food, contributes to local economic development, increases social inclusion of the poor, promotes the reuse of urban waste and reduces vulnerability to climate change. Therefore, to eradicate hunger and improve the livelihoods of the urban poor, Cities, poverty and food presents the experiences gained and lessons learned through the RUAF Foundation's 'Cities Farming for the Future' programme to enable governments and other stakeholders to promote and regulate various types of urban agriculture.

With case studies from Ghana, China, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Peru and Yemen, Cities, poverty and food explains the principles and procedures of multi-stakeholder policy formation and action planning (MPAP), and the results achieved to date. A range of policy measures and development strategies are then provided for policymakers and practitioners in other countries. "Local authorities in many countries have recognized that urban and peri-urban agriculture form an integral part of the urban socio-economic and ecological system, link to several critical urban challenges, and deserve proper policy attention and support," the authors state.

Designed primarily for municipal authority staff, producer groups, community-based organisations, NGOs, researchers and agricultural extension officers, this accessible book provides practical guidelines in order to contribute to the development of safe and sustainable urban agriculture.

Date published: December 2010

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