A City of the Future
We see urban agriculture, including horticulture and forestry, as a
more sustainable way for urban greening. Urban agriculture is the fruit
of good solid waste management and a practical way of improving
urban areas and addressing food supply and distribution.
Mayor L.S. Duran, Marilao, Philippines
In this book we have briefly reviewed the progress of urban agriculture in the cities of the South over the past 20 years. Research projects supported by IDRC and its partners have demonstrated the benefits of encouraging and supporting food production in towns and cities instead of attempting to suppress it. We have considered some of the lessons learned from those projects over two decades and have presented some recommendations based on those lessons. Now let’s look ahead 20 years.
Imagine for a moment a medium-sized city somewhere in the South — perhaps in Africa or the Middle East, perhaps in Latin America or the Caribbean. The city has a population of a little over one million, an increase of over 50% in the past 20 years, and still growing. The older parts of the city are densely populated,