Growing Better Cities: Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Development

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Part 3
Experiences from
the Field

UA has several advantages in Kampala. It increases urban food
security, produce from rural areas is expensive and less fresh,
and it creates sources of income.UA also reduces open space
maintenance costs to local government
.

Mayor Christopher Iga, Kampala, Uganda


Blurring the boundaries

When you first hear it, the term “urban agriculture” sounds like a contradiction. Most of us, particularly in the North, are conditioned to think of agriculture as an activity that happens in rural areas, not in towns and cities. As we saw in Part 1, however, there is in reality no tidy dividing line where agricultural activity ends — although some city planners might wish it were that way and might still perceive spaces of food production as nonurban, making them by implication “somebody else’s problem.” And just

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Part 1 - The Issue 1
  • Part 2 - The Approach 13
  • Part 3 - Experiences from the Field 25
  • Part 4 - Learning from Experience 49
  • Part 5 - Recommendations 61
  • Part 6 - A City of the Future 71
  • Appendix 1 - Glossary of Terms and Acronyms 79
  • Appendix 2 - Sources and Resources 85
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