FAO's Programme for Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture


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1. Impact of UPH on food security, the economy and employment (FAO, 2010). Urban and peri-urban horticulture is already a reality in developing countries. As urbanization accelerates in the decades ahead, its contribution will be even more significant. PDF, 530KB.

2. Field schools for urban vegetable growers (FAO, 2010). Field schools are now widely used to enhance the knowledge and skills of small-scale farmers. But how can they be applied to horticulture in urban and peri-urban areas? PDF, 730KB.

3. UPH and the urban food supply (FAO, 2010). Awareness is growing of the need for local and city authorities to play a proactive and coordinating role in improving urban food security. PDF, 530KB.

4. Ensuring the safety of produce (FAO, 2010). Policy, regulatory and capacity-building measures are needed to ensure the safety of fruit and vegetables grown in complex urban environments. PDF, 490KB.

5. Water management for UPH (FAO, 2010). As cities grow, municipal authorities can help urban horticulturalists adapt to the decreasing quantity and quality of water resources. PDF, 560KB.

6. With micro-gardens, urban poor "grow their own" (FAO, 2010). Leafy vegetables, tubers and herbs grown in simple containers help low-income families meet their daily needs for fresh, nutritious produce. PDF, 630KB.

7. Securing land for UPH (FAO, 2010). Increased urban land values, more active land markets and intensified competition for use challenge the ways growers access land for urban and peri-urban horticulture. PDF, 490KB.

8. City-to-city cooperation for urban and peri-urban horticulture (FAO, 2010). FAO helps developing cities find partners in the developed world to assist in strengthening their UPH sectors. PDF, 460KB.


Urban and peri-urban horticulture development in practice: FAO's approach (FAO, 2010). FAO's five-point approach to the sustainable development of the sector, with project examples. PDF, 103KB.

Fighting poverty and hunger: What role for urban agriculture? (FAO, 2010). Policy could focus on improving land use rights and specifying which activities are allowed and where. PDF, 113KB.

Project for the development of urban and peri-urban horticulture in Lubumbashi (FAO, 2009). Describes impact of an FAO project in the city of Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, by comparing data from 2000 and 2008. Almost 75% of beneficiaries were female. PDF, 260KB.

Kinshasa, D.R. Congo: Urban and peri-urban horticulture (FAO, 2008). Summary of FAO project aimed at enhancing urban food and nutrition security by improving availability of fresh horticultural produce while creating job and income opportunities for small scale growers. PDF, 1.42MB.

Food for the cities (FAO, 2006). Introduction to FAO's Food for the Cities initiative, which aims at promoting harmonious urban development, food security, food production, processing and distribution, and environmental sustainability. PDF, 120KB.

Urban and peri-urban agriculture/horticulture (FAO, 2006). Summary of challenges and FAO's responses through its Special Programme for Food Security, support for capacity building, and strengthening national pilot interventions and projects. PDF, 290KB.

Water use and reuse for urban agriculture (FAO, 2006). FAO support to urban agriculture through water saving technologies, appropriate cropping systems, water quality monitoring, guidelines for safe reuse of treated wastewater and greywater. PDF, 112KB.

Urban food security, nutrition and livelihoods (FAO, 2006). FAO's role in developing integrated strategies for achieving good nutrition in urban areas, including assessment of dietary changes and nutritional status. PDF, 121KB.