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Cities and Agriculture
Developing Resilient Urban Food Systems

ISBN 9781138860599
Published October 5, 2015 by Routledge
450 Pages 109 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

As people increasingly migrate to urban settings and more than half of the world's population now lives in cities, it is vital to plan and provide for sustainable and resilient food systems which reflect this challenge. This volume presents experience and evidence-based "state of the art" chapters on the key dimensions of urban food challenges and types of intra- and peri-urban agriculture.  

The book provides urban planners, local policy makers and urban development practitioners with an overview of crucial aspects of urban food systems based on an up to date review of research results and practical experiences in both developed and developing countries. By doing so, the international team of authors provides a balanced textbook for students of the growing number of courses on sustainable agriculture, food and urban studies, as well as a solid basis for well-informed policy making, planning and implementation regarding the development of sustainable, resilient and just urban food systems.

Table of Contents

1. Urban Food Systems 

Johannes S.C. Wiskerke 

2. Urban Food Policies and Programmes: An Overview 

Lauren Baker and Henk de Zeeuw 

3. Process and Tools for Multi-stakeholder Planning of the Urban Agro-food System 

Henk de Zeeuw and Marielle Dubbeling 

4. Agriculture in Urban Design and Spatial Planning 

Andre Viljoen, Johannes Schlesinger, Katrin Bohn and Axel Drescher 

5. Urban Agriculture and Short Chain Food Marketing in Developing Countries 

Paule Moustier and Henk Renting 

6. Urban Agriculture’s Contributions to Urban Food Security and Nutrition 

Maria Gerster-Bentaya 

7. Productive and Safe Use of Urban Organic Wastes and Wastewater in Urban Food Production Systems in Low-income Countries 

Pay Drechsel, Ben Keraita, Olufunke Cofie and J. Nikiema 

8. Urban Agriculture and Climate Change 

Shuaib Lwasa and Marielle Dubbeling 

9. Urban Horticulture 

Hubert de Bon, Robert J. Holmer and Christine Aubry 

10. Urban Livestock Keeping 

Delia Grace, Johanna Lindahl, Maria Correa and Manish Kakkar 

11. Urban (Agro-)forestry 

Fabio Salbitano 

12. Urban Aquaculture for Resilient Food Systems 

Stuart Bunting and David Little 

13. Gendering Urban Food Strategies across Multiple Scales 

Liam Riley and Alice Hovorka 

14. Financing Urban Agriculture: What Do We Know and What Should We Know 

Yves Cabannes 

15. Role of Urban Agriculture in Disasters and Emergencies 

Andrew Adam-Bradford and René van Veenhuizen

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Henk de Zeeuw is Senior Advisor at the RUAF Foundation, based in Leusden, the Netherlands. The RUAF Foundation (Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security) is a global network and a leading centre of expertise in the field of (intra- and peri-) Urban Agriculture and City Region Food Strategies. 

Pay Drechsel is Principal Researcher at the International Water Management Institute, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Leader of the Flagship on Recovering and Reusing Resources in Urbanized Ecosystems of the CGIAR Water, Land and Ecosystems Research Program.


From the Foreword:

"I can only congratulate the many scientists and practitioners for their valuable contributions to this important publication and very much hope it will find its way to national and local policy-makers, urban planners, academia, non-governmental groups, producers and consumers organizations, private sector companies and others that can make a contribution to building more resilient food systems through concerted and far-sighted action at the level of the city region." - HRH The Prince of Wales