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FAO Urban Agriculture

Our work in urban agriculture and the food system began working with UN/FAO -they have some excellent resources related to the food system and urban agriculture.

FAO’s role in urban agriculture

Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) can be defined as the growing of plants and the raising of animals within and around cities.

Urban and peri-urban agriculture provides food products from different types of crops (grains, root crops, vegetables, mushrooms, fruits), animals (poultry, rabbits, goats, sheep, cattle, pigs, guinea pigs, fish, etc.) as well as non-food products (e.g. aromatic and medicinal herbs, ornamental plants, tree products).

UPA includes trees managed for producing fruit and fuelwood, as well as tree systems integrated and managed with crops (agroforestry) and small-scale aquaculture.

  • Urban agriculture is practiced by 800 million people worldwide
  • It helps low-income urban residents save money on food purchases
  • In many countries, urban agriculture is still informal and sometimes illegal
  • FAO promotes policies that recognize urban food production as a legitimate land use and economic activity

Go to UN/FAO to read more.


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