Our urban agriculture activities promote production, increase competi-
tion, improve the quality of products, and allow us to identify discrep-
ancies between local supply and demand, enabling us to consolidate
processing and marketing. Our regulations accurately reflect our view that
small producers and vendors, men and women, are important actors.
Mayor Washington Ipenza, Villa Maria del Triunfo, Lima, Peru
As stated at the beginning this book, urban agriculture is here to stay. Accepting that, the question then becomes how to manage it. There is ample evidence that attempting to suppress “unauthorized” agricultural activity in cities has little effect other than to make the lives of the urban poor even more precarious. There is also evidence that UA has the potential to make many positive contributions to the life of the city — from alleviating hunger and improving child nutrition, to providing employment and income, and even to helping clean up the urban environment. Little wonder then that many governments, at all levels, have opted to develop policies that integrate UA into the urban framework.
This chapter offers some recommendations for governments that have made the decision to work with UA rather than against it.