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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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    The Place of Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture (UPA) in National FOOD Security Programmes 2011
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    Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) is an important component of FAO’s Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS). UPA is a spontaneous response to the increased demand for food linked to urban population expansion, which is more pronounced in developing countries as a result of high birth rates and immigration from rural areas. The rate of population growth is linked to the fast expansion of urban slum areas, with high levels of unemployment, food insecurity and malnutrition. Such rapid urba nization engendering the harsh reality of urban poverty requires adapted strategies to ensure adequate access to food for all in a context of escalating levels of urban food insecurity together with its adverse health and social consequences. During the last 15 years, FAO has gained considerable experience in a wide range of countries in several continents in the application of UPA technologies under the SPFS. This paper was compiled to capitalize on the lessons learned and to illustrate how UPA has become a key component of the SPFS, targeting improved food security and diet diversification of the urban poor. The paper recalls the current reality of the urbanization process and addresses the opportunities and constraints of UPA as a means to improving access to fresh and high quality food products for the urban poor thereby contributing to the achievement of Millennium Development Goal 1. A review is made of selected FAO field interventions and sample success stories. On the basis of the experience gained to date, a framework for the formulation of a UPA support strategy is proposed based on key issues to be addressed by central and local government authorities.
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    Urban and peri-urban agriculture sourcebook
    From production to food systems
    2022
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    The purpose of this book is to set out the key lessons learned and to provide recommendations and guidance based on existing cases and examples for a wide range of actors involved in urban food systems. In particular, the aim is for this publication to serve as a sourcebook for local decision-makers, policy advisors, urban planners, specialists, practitioners and others involved in urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA). The sourcebook is also for those involved in the design and implementation of production schemes, planning of urban food strategies, and policies concerning agriculture in urban and peri-urban areas.

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