FAO's Programme for Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture


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Studies and reports

Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean: Compendium of case studies (2014). Provides an overview of the urban and peri-urban sector across Latin America and the Caribbean. It presents case studies for 13 cities in the region. PDF, 15MB.

Growing greener cities in Latin America and the Caribbean (FAO, 2014). Reviews progress made in urban development in which agriculture is recognized by public policy, included in urban development strategies and land-use planning, supported by agricultural research and extension, and linked to sources of technological innovation, investment and credit, and to urban markets and consumers.

Utilization of fruit and vegetable wastes as livestock feed and as substrates for generation of other value added products (FAO, 2013). Presents information of the chemical composition, conservation methods, nutritive value and guidelines for incorporation of fruit and vegetable waste in animal diets. It also covers aspects related to utilization of such wastes as a substrate for the generation of value-added products.

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.

On-farm practices for the safe use of wastewater in urban and peri-urban horticulture (FAO, 2012). This training handbook is a field guide for training urban and peri-urban vegetable farmers in safe practices when using wastewater in vegetable production. It is designed to provide complete information, knowledge and skills for safer and successful production of vegetables in urban and peri-urban farming systems. PDF, 860KB.

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.