286 pages, illustrations, tables
Urban agriculture is an increasingly popular practice in cities worldwide, and a sustainable future for it is critical, especially for the urban poor of the developing world. Agropolis presents the first findings of original field research projects funded by IDRC's AGROPOLIS International Graduate Research Awards on Urban Agriculture. Countries studied include Cuba, Argentina, Botswana, France, the UK, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Togo and Tunisia. Together, these studies examine concrete strategies to better integrate `city farming' into the urban landscape.
"Agropolis present nine research studies that explore diverse urban agricultural environments in five African and two Latin American countries, plus one British and one combined French-Tunisian study, with introductory and conclusive essays by Mougeot. These essays discuss environments that are far removed from the small, sustainable model sometimes presented in the US as an antidote to modern industrial agriculture – those in which (1) urban agriculture is seen as a means of providing food for thickly populated areas where the transportation infrastructure is much less sophisticated, (2) local resources are used as inputs, and (3) there is significant impact on the social and economic fabric of the urban locale, together with active involvement from official of NGO bodies. The case studies are detailed and rigorous and, as Mougeot points out, suggest a need for more experimentation in this nascent area of study to examine such factors as local policy-making groups and socio-biodiversity. They also suggest an opportunity for substituting action research for more traditional analysis. Summing UP: Recommended. Comprehensive collections in agriculture, economics, and sociology supporting upper-level undergraduates and above."
– L. S. Cline, Missouri State University in Choice
- Migration and Food Security in Namibia
- The Pest-control System in the Market Gardens of Lomé
- Determinants of Urban Livestock Adoption in the 'Zone Dense' of Khoroho
- Exploring the Gender Dimensions of Urban Open-space Cultivation in Harare, Zimbabwe
- Gender, Commercial Urban Agriculture and Urban Food Supply in Greater Gabarone, Botswana
- Shifting Perspectives on Urban Agriculture in Havana, Cuba
- Urban Agriculture and Local Sustainable Development in Rosario, Argentina
- Agri-urban Development from a Land-use Planning Perspective
- Assessing Benefits from Allotments as a Component of Urban Agriculture in England
- Bibliography, Index
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Luc JA Mougeot is Senior Program Specialist at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where he initiated the Cities Feeding People initiative in 1997.