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Food production and ecosystem management - Policy Briefs
The ongoing exodus of rural people to urban areas in developing countries has led to rapid and massive increases in the urban population. Often rural emigration results in the transfer of poverty, hunger and malnutrition from the countryside to towns and cities, a process known as the “urbanization of poverty”....
(Global coverage)
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Food production and ecosystem management - Policy Briefs
The Farmer Field School (FFS) is a process of group-based learning originally developed by FAO in the late 1980s to promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Asian rice fields. At field schools, farmers were able to deepen their knowledge of agroecology, particularly the relationship between insect pests and beneficial insects,...
(Global coverage)
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Food production and ecosystem management - Policy Briefs
Urban residents depend on markets for almost all of their food purchases. Urban population growth, rising levels of urban poverty and issues affecting food supply and distribution, to and within cities, have four major consequences for urban food security. Urban and peri-urban horticulture (UPH) can be an important source of...
(Global coverage)
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Food production and ecosystem management - Policy Briefs
Urban and peri-urban horticulture represents a significant part of local supply of perishable produce of good nutritional value in many developing countries. It also plays an important socio-economic role, providing urban dwellers with sources of employment and income. However, it is important to identify the food safety implications of UPH...
(Global coverage)
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Food production and ecosystem management - Policy Briefs
Whether grown in small gardens or larger fields, using traditional or high-tech practices, horticultural crops have high water requirements. The quality of water used in horticulture is also critical, since water-borne pathogens on crops eaten uncooked can cause diseases such as typhoid and cholera. As cities grow, so does their...
(Global coverage)
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)