Rapid urbanization has created a major challenge with regard to waste management and environmental protection. However, the problem can be ameliorated by turning organic waste into compost for use as an agricultural fertilizer in peri-urban areas. This is especially significant in less developed countries, where food security is also a key issue. This book addresses these subjects and is based on papers presented at a workshop held in Ghana by IBSRAM and FAO. Special reference is given to Sub-Saharan Africa, with acknowledgement to experiences from other parts of the world. Contributing authors are from several European, as well as African, countries.
"In 17 studies, most from a 1999 UN workshop in Accra, Ghana, African and European contributors in agriculture and development present reports and case studies on urban and peri-urban agriculture and farming systems, and environmentally safe nutrient recycling options from organic waste generated in cities for use by urban and peri-urban farmers. They look at technical, biophysical, socio-economic, and administrative circumstances and introduce different approaches to quantifying urban nutrient balances and rural-urban nutrient flows."--SciTech Book News
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