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Circular bioeconomy in Abidjan: from food waste to the fork

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    Bioéconomie circulaire à Abidjan: des déchets alimentaires à la fourchette
    Projet BioDAF
    2023
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    L'aire métropolitaine d'Abidjan compte plus de 6 millions d'habitants et sa population urbaine croît de plus de +3% chaque année. L'accès à l'emploi, la gestion des déchets et la durabilité de son système alimentaire sont autant de défis associés à cette très forte croissance. Dans le cadre de sa stratégie d'économie circulaire, le District Autonome d'Abidjan entend mettre en œuvre l'Initiative Villes Vertes de la FAO sur son territoire, et a donc sollicité l'assistance technique de la FAO. Le projet "Bioéconomie circulaire à Abidjan : des déchets alimentaires à la fourchette" (BioDAF) est une réponse concrète à ces défis. Il s'agit de la mise en place d'une ferme-école pour la production et l'élevage de larves de la mouche soldat noire à Abidjan. Outre la production d'intrants agricoles (larves séchées et digestat) pour répondre aux besoins de l'agriculture urbaine et périurbaine, le projet vise à former une vingtaine de personnes à l'élevage de larves de la mouche soldat noire, qui pourront à leur tour développer des unités de culture dans leur quartier, à partir de la collecte de biodéchets sur les marchés d'Abidjan. A la fin du projet, les cohortes successives pourront venir à la Ferme Ecole pour bénéficier de formations, de conseils et de services qui permettront d'étendre cette activité à l'ensemble de la ville, contribuant ainsi à l'assainissement de la ville par la valorisation des biodéchets dans le cadre d'une activité rentable et utile à l'agriculture urbaine et périurbaine.
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    Food, Agriculture and Cities. Challenges of Food and Nutrition Security, Agriculture and Ecosystem Management in an Urbanizing World 2011
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    Urbanization is one of the key drivers of change in the world today. The world‟s urban population currently stands at around 3.5 billion. It will almost double to more than 6 billion by 2050. This is a challenge not only for urban areas but also for rural areas, because many people, especially the young, will migrate from rural areas to urban areas over this period. When addressing urbanization challenges, we are also addressing, directly or indirectly, rural and territorial development. What do we have to do to ensure people‟s access to good nutrition in cities? What do we have to do to produce enough food for urban dwellers? What infrastructures are needed and what kind of food production is possible in cities? How can cities preserve the services of the surrounding ecosystems? A very wide range of important issues links urbanization and food security. The “Food for the Cities” multidisciplinary initiative started in FAO in the year 2000. It has covered a great variety of areas such as food supply, nutrition education, school gardens, urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry; how to support small producers in urban and peri-urban areas, waste management and re-use of wastewater. The experience shows conclusively that we all need to work in partnership when addressing issues of urbanization and food security, from the public sector, the private sector and civil society. Local authorities are key players in this context, however, urban actors have often not considered th e food system an important issue when designing, planning and managing cities. The perception has been because food is there and one can easily buy it in the supermarkets or along the streets, that food will always be there. This perception was altered for many in 2008, when the food prices peaked. More than 20 countries around the world experienced food riots in urban areas. Hunger, now in both rural and urban areas, has now become vocal, and this is changing the political scene. All stakeholde rs need to work together at global and local levels, for advocacy, for project implementation, but also for raising awareness on urbanization and food security as one of the key issues of our times. This position paper addresses a wide audience, from field workers to decision makers, to help understand the challenges that continuing urbanization brings to food, agriculture, and the management of natural resources. The approach proposed here is based on four dimensions that characterize, design a nd implement food systems for cities. The paper has been prepared as a support for all actors to help advocate for political support and to assist in developing operational strategies adapted to local realities. Food and nutrition security in cities can not be taken for granted. It is part of a complex system. Supporting the most vulnerable groups in an urbanizing world demands discussions on food, agriculture and cities in the context of rural-urban linkages.
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    Pro-poor legal and institutional frameworks for urban and peri-urban agriculture 2012
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    Urbanization is one of the key drivers of change in the world today as the world’s urban population will almost double by 2050. Providing support to the most vulnerable in an urbanizing world demands discussions on food, agriculture and cities in the context of rural- urban linkages. Policies need to address a very wide range of issues in order to link urbanization, food and nutrition security and livelihoods: how and where to produce enough food for urban dwellers? What infrastructure is needed ? How can cities preserve the surrounding ecosystems? The “Food for the Cities” initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) promotes a food system approach supported by a great variety of areas such as urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) and forestry, support to small producers in urban and peri-urban areas, land tenure, food supply, nutrition education, school gardens, waste management and re-use of wastewater. All stakeholders from the public sector, the private sector and the civil society need to work together at global, national and local levels. FAO seeks to bring these stakeholders into a neutral forum for international discussions. This legislative study aims to promote an understanding of the key elements and issues to be addressed by a pro-poor legal and institutional framework for the practice of urban and peri- urban agriculture. Several case studies from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Ghana, and Uganda are included to this end. It is hoped that this study will provide guidance to national legislators, ministers and administrations, mayors and other municipal officials, as well as lawyers involved in drafting legislation and regulations or advising on or advocating for better legal frameworks for urban and peri-urban agriculture.
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    Brochure, flyer, fact-sheet
    Bioéconomie circulaire à Abidjan: des déchets alimentaires à la fourchette
    Projet BioDAF
    2023
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    L'aire métropolitaine d'Abidjan compte plus de 6 millions d'habitants et sa population urbaine croît de plus de +3% chaque année. L'accès à l'emploi, la gestion des déchets et la durabilité de son système alimentaire sont autant de défis associés à cette très forte croissance. Dans le cadre de sa stratégie d'économie circulaire, le District Autonome d'Abidjan entend mettre en œuvre l'Initiative Villes Vertes de la FAO sur son territoire, et a donc sollicité l'assistance technique de la FAO. Le projet "Bioéconomie circulaire à Abidjan : des déchets alimentaires à la fourchette" (BioDAF) est une réponse concrète à ces défis. Il s'agit de la mise en place d'une ferme-école pour la production et l'élevage de larves de la mouche soldat noire à Abidjan. Outre la production d'intrants agricoles (larves séchées et digestat) pour répondre aux besoins de l'agriculture urbaine et périurbaine, le projet vise à former une vingtaine de personnes à l'élevage de larves de la mouche soldat noire, qui pourront à leur tour développer des unités de culture dans leur quartier, à partir de la collecte de biodéchets sur les marchés d'Abidjan. A la fin du projet, les cohortes successives pourront venir à la Ferme Ecole pour bénéficier de formations, de conseils et de services qui permettront d'étendre cette activité à l'ensemble de la ville, contribuant ainsi à l'assainissement de la ville par la valorisation des biodéchets dans le cadre d'une activité rentable et utile à l'agriculture urbaine et périurbaine.
  • Thumbnail Image
    Document
    Food, Agriculture and Cities. Challenges of Food and Nutrition Security, Agriculture and Ecosystem Management in an Urbanizing World 2011
    Also available in:
    No results found.

    Urbanization is one of the key drivers of change in the world today. The world‟s urban population currently stands at around 3.5 billion. It will almost double to more than 6 billion by 2050. This is a challenge not only for urban areas but also for rural areas, because many people, especially the young, will migrate from rural areas to urban areas over this period. When addressing urbanization challenges, we are also addressing, directly or indirectly, rural and territorial development. What do we have to do to ensure people‟s access to good nutrition in cities? What do we have to do to produce enough food for urban dwellers? What infrastructures are needed and what kind of food production is possible in cities? How can cities preserve the services of the surrounding ecosystems? A very wide range of important issues links urbanization and food security. The “Food for the Cities” multidisciplinary initiative started in FAO in the year 2000. It has covered a great variety of areas such as food supply, nutrition education, school gardens, urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry; how to support small producers in urban and peri-urban areas, waste management and re-use of wastewater. The experience shows conclusively that we all need to work in partnership when addressing issues of urbanization and food security, from the public sector, the private sector and civil society. Local authorities are key players in this context, however, urban actors have often not considered th e food system an important issue when designing, planning and managing cities. The perception has been because food is there and one can easily buy it in the supermarkets or along the streets, that food will always be there. This perception was altered for many in 2008, when the food prices peaked. More than 20 countries around the world experienced food riots in urban areas. Hunger, now in both rural and urban areas, has now become vocal, and this is changing the political scene. All stakeholde rs need to work together at global and local levels, for advocacy, for project implementation, but also for raising awareness on urbanization and food security as one of the key issues of our times. This position paper addresses a wide audience, from field workers to decision makers, to help understand the challenges that continuing urbanization brings to food, agriculture, and the management of natural resources. The approach proposed here is based on four dimensions that characterize, design a nd implement food systems for cities. The paper has been prepared as a support for all actors to help advocate for political support and to assist in developing operational strategies adapted to local realities. Food and nutrition security in cities can not be taken for granted. It is part of a complex system. Supporting the most vulnerable groups in an urbanizing world demands discussions on food, agriculture and cities in the context of rural-urban linkages.
  • Thumbnail Image
    Book (stand-alone)
    Pro-poor legal and institutional frameworks for urban and peri-urban agriculture 2012
    Also available in:
    No results found.

    Urbanization is one of the key drivers of change in the world today as the world’s urban population will almost double by 2050. Providing support to the most vulnerable in an urbanizing world demands discussions on food, agriculture and cities in the context of rural- urban linkages. Policies need to address a very wide range of issues in order to link urbanization, food and nutrition security and livelihoods: how and where to produce enough food for urban dwellers? What infrastructure is needed ? How can cities preserve the surrounding ecosystems? The “Food for the Cities” initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) promotes a food system approach supported by a great variety of areas such as urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) and forestry, support to small producers in urban and peri-urban areas, land tenure, food supply, nutrition education, school gardens, waste management and re-use of wastewater. All stakeholders from the public sector, the private sector and the civil society need to work together at global, national and local levels. FAO seeks to bring these stakeholders into a neutral forum for international discussions. This legislative study aims to promote an understanding of the key elements and issues to be addressed by a pro-poor legal and institutional framework for the practice of urban and peri- urban agriculture. Several case studies from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Ghana, and Uganda are included to this end. It is hoped that this study will provide guidance to national legislators, ministers and administrations, mayors and other municipal officials, as well as lawyers involved in drafting legislation and regulations or advising on or advocating for better legal frameworks for urban and peri-urban agriculture.

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