Fields in the city

By the year 2005, more than half the world's population will be living in cities. While most food continues to be produced in rural areas and transported long distances to city markets, agricultural production in and around cities is growing. Today, at least 800 million people, mostly women, produce food and/or make an income from urban and peri-urban agriculture.

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Yemen: crops in old Sana'a town
FAO/20860/R. Messori

More photos on urban and peri-urban agriculture:
  • Bosnia: a widow with the crops she grows on a plot supplied free by the municipality
  • China: ducks at the South Suburb Beijing Company, which raises the "Beijing Duck"
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