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Nature & Faune: Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa's urban food and nutrition equation

Keeping its tradition of exploring major emerging issues, Nature & Faune has chosen to dedicate this edition to looking at the implications of this rapid urbanization and its implications for urban food and nutrition security, focusing on the specific roles of sustainable management and utilization of natural resources in Africa‘s fast changing urban food and nutrition equation. Eighteen articles examine and address the challenges that continuing urbanization brings to food and nutrition security in Africa‘s urban centres in the context of sustainable natural resources management and utilization. The articles highlight the complementary role of natural resources in urban food and nutrition security with agricultural production remaining at the core. The editorial draws attention to the options of structuring agricultural production systems and promoting agricultural enterprises as being relevant in anticipating the changing issues of urban food security. It argues that it is difficult to achieve urban food security at individual country level, and thus endorses the view that urban food security is most likely achievable when regional approaches are strengthened. It suggests adopting joint agricultural and natural resources management policies within the African region as a way forward.

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Volume: 28
Issue: 2
ISSN: 2026-5611
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Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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Year: 2014
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Country/ies: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe
Geographical coverage: Africa
Type: Journal
Full text available at: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4141e.pdf
Content language: English
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