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About this book
About this book
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.
Potential use of waste stream products for soil amelioration in peri-urban interface agricultural production systems; economic, sociocultural and environmental considerations; turning urban waste into fertilizer - case studies from East and West Africa; modelling urban and peri-urban biomass and nutrient flows; urban agriculture - international support and capacity building in Africa. (Part contents).
"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