Food for the family

In urban areas across the world, foodcrops are grown on rooftops and balconies, in backyards and community gardens, alongside roads and in vacant lots. They provide fresh marketable food that supplements family diets and boosts family incomes. Urban and peri-urban agriculture can fill critical food supply gaps for poor city dwellers, particularly where rural infrastructure and farm-to-market distribution systems are poor.

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Bosnia: a widow with the crops she grows on a plot supplied free by the municipality
FAO/19932

More photos on urban and peri-urban agriculture:
  • Yemen: crops in old Sana'a town
  • China: ducks at the South Suburb Beijing Company, which raises the "Beijing Duck"
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