FAO's Programme for Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture


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FAO's Programme for Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture is linked to a network of national and international organizations that address the challenges of urban food security, poverty alleviation and environmental protection

Belgian Development Cooperation

Belgium is a primary partner of FAO's Programme for Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture. It has provided funding for FAO projects in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire and Namibia and for an ongoing global initiative aimed at disseminating lessons learned.

Global Horticulture Initiative (GlobalHort)

A worldwide consortium of national and international institutions, GlobalHort fosters partnerships and collective action for horticulture development. Core activities include promoting research projects through complementary grants, linking players in the world's horticultural community, coordinating training and capacity building, and advocating horticulture and horticultural sciences.

International Cooperation Centre of Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)

CIRAD is a French research centre that works with developing countries to tackle international agricultural and development issues. One part of its mission is to help secure the supply of fresh horticultural produce to developing cities by reducing pesticide and nitrate residues in consumer products, attenuating the environmental impact of horticultural production, and improving growers' access to markets.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Based in Canada, the IDRC funds applied research in developing countries on social economic and environmental problems, provides expert advice and helps build local capacity in research and innovation. To help reduce environmental burdens on the urban poor and enhance the use of natural resources for food, water and income security, it supports projects to develop institutional capacity for urban agriculture in developing countries.

International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)

The ISHS promotes and encourages research and education in all branches of horticultural science and facilitates cooperation and knowledge transfer on a global scale, through symposia, congresses and publications. It includes a commission on landscape and urban horticulture and an urban horticulture working group composed of scientists from 38 countries.

Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF)

The RUAF Foundation is an international network of seven regional resource centres and one global resource centre. Its mission is to contribute to urban poverty reduction, employment generation and food security and to stimulate participatory city governance and improved urban environmental management. It provides training, technical support and policy advice to local and national governments, producer organizations, NGOs and other local stakeholders.