Studies and reports
Growing greener cities in Africa (FAO, 2012). Reviews the current state of urban and peri-urban horticulture (UPH) across the African continent. Presents major findings, profiles of UPH in 22 countries, and recommendations for the development of market gardens to serve Africa's rapidly growing urban population.
Crop diversification for sustainable diets and nutrition (FAO, 2012). The role of FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division in strengthening global food security through sustainable crop production intensification. PDF, 1.5MB
Growing greener cities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FAO, 2010). An in-depth case study looks at an FAO-assisted project that created a vibrant UPH sector in five cities. Includes satellite imagery of market gardens in the city of Lubumbashi. PDF, 5.1MB. See also Greening Lubumbashi.
Growing greener cities (FAO, 2010). Shows how urban and peri-urban horticulture contributes to food and nutrition security, sustainable livelihoods, environmental protection, good governance and community development. PDF, 1.43MB
The urban producer's resource book: A practical guide for working with low income urban and peri-urban producers organizations (FAO, 2007). Producers' organizations help improve members' access to resources and decision-making.
Profitability and sustainability of urban and peri-urban agriculture (FAO, 2007). Highlights beneficial linkages between agriculture and the urban environment, land how urban agriculture can contribute achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. PDF, 1.01MB.
Manual for the preparation and sale of fruits and vegetables: From field to market (FAO, 2004). Provides practical examples of harvesting, postharvest handling and marketing of fresh produce, including quality and safety aspects, plus a glossary of fruits and vegetables with commercial potential.
Urban agriculture, household food security and nutrition in Southern Africa (FAO, 2003). Draws on contributions to an email conference of nutritionists, with focus on small-scale production in urban and peri-urban areas, enriched with experiences from Southern African cities, especially Mozambique. PDF, 130KB.
The informal food sector - Municipal support policies for operators (FAO, 2003). A guide for mayors, city executives and urban planners highlights the important role played by the informal sector in ensuring urban food security. Presents a selection of intervention modalities. PDF, 730KB.
The status of urban and peri-urban agriculture, Windhoek and Oshakati, Namibia (FAO, 2002). Based on a field study, assesses socio-cultural aspects of urban farming, gender-specific constraints, strategies for efficient peri-urban farming and transfer of the knowledge. PDF, 425KB.