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Potentials, problems, and policy implications for urban agriculture in developing countries


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  • Erik Bryld


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    Urban agriculture has, forcenturies, served as a vital input in thelivelihood strategies of urban households inthe developing countries. As a response to theeconomic crises exacerbated by the structuraladjustment programs and increasing migration,urban agriculture has expanded rapidly withinthe last 20 years. An examination of thegeneral trends in urban agriculture reveals anumber of issues policy-makers in developingcountries should address to provide services toensure a sustainable behavior towards urbancultivation. Most important is the legalizationof urban agriculture as a step towards securinglands for the urban poor. The illegal statushas left a governance vacuum, which should befilled through policy formulation and regularinstitutionalized management in a participatorymanner including all relevant stakeholders iffood security has to be increased andenvironment improved in an urban developmentcontext. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Agriculture and Human Values.

    Volume (Year): 20 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 79-86

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:agrhuv:v:20:y:2003:i:1:p:79-86

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    Keywords: Environment; Food security; Gender; Governance; Livelihood strategies; Policy; Structural adjustment; Urban agriculture; Urban planning;


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    1. Hotte, Louis & McFerrin, Randy & Wills, Douglas, 2013. "On the dual nature of weak property rights," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 35(4), pages 659-678.
    2. Kathrin Specht & Rosemarie Siebert & Ina Hartmann & Ulf Freisinger & Magdalena Sawicka & Armin Werner & Susanne Thomaier & Dietrich Henckel & Heike Walk & Axel Dierich, 2014. "Urban agriculture of the future: an overview of sustainability aspects of food production in and on buildings," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer, vol. 31(1), pages 33-51, March.
    3. Pablo Torres-Lima & Luis Rodríguez-Sánchez, 2008. "Farming dynamics and social capital: A case study in the urban fringe of Mexico City," Environment, Development and Sustainability, Springer, vol. 10(2), pages 193-208, April.


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