1st Edition

The Spatial Organisation of Urban Agriculture in the Global South Food Security and Sustainable Cities

By Ada Górna Copyright 2024
    248 Pages 73 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the role and position of urban agriculture in the spatial and functional structure of cities in the Global South.

    In the face of dynamic urbanisation and negative consequences of climate change, one of the key challenges is not only how to provide food for the ever-growing urban population but also how to achieve urban sustainability and simultaneously reduce the negative impact of cities on the natural environment. These problems are particularly urgent in the metropolises of the Global South that are experiencing the greatest population growth while struggling with increasing social inequalities and the resulting uneven distribution of resources. Examining the role that urban agriculture can play in addressing these challenges, this book draws on three case study cities: Havana, Singapore and Kigali. The case studies, differing in socio-economic, spatial, political and environmental terms, exemplify diverse characteristics of urban agriculture in different geographical conditions. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in each city, the book also provides a unique perspective on the constraints in the development of urban agriculture and the use of its full potential for urban sustainability.

    This book will appeal to students and scholars, as well as decision makers, interested in the issues of urban sustainability, food security, spatial development and alternative food systems.

    1. Introduction

    2. Contemporary research on urban agriculture

    3. Havana – a case study of urban agriculture in Latin America

    4. Singapore – a case study of urban agriculture in Southeast Asia

    5. Kigali – a case study of urban agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

    6. Summary


    Ada Górna is a senior assistant in the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, where she lectures on urban studies and food systems. She holds a PhD in the field of social sciences in the discipline of socio-economic geography and spatial management from the University of Warsaw and has published in a range of journals, including Land, the Journal of Baltic Studies, Planning Perspectives, and Miscellanea Geographica.