Is Urban Horticulture a Solution?

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and many other international and local institutions are disseminating the message - that micro-gardening and other forms of urban horticulture can go a long way to boosting city dwellers' food security and improving living conditions. This message has come from an international symposium in Dakar organized by FAO and the Senegalese government at Dakar from 6 to 9 December 2010. About 200 people from 39 countries participated to talk about building an international network to promote and implement urban horticulture, incorporating the practice into urban planning, and developing alternatives to pesticides. Urban and peri-urban horticulture is the cultivation of a wide range of crops - including fruits, vegetables, roots, tubers and ornamental plants - in cities and towns and the surrounding areas. FAO says an estimated 130 million urban residents in Africa and 230 million in Latin America engage in agriculture, mainly horticulture, to provide food for their families and/or earn an income........................Click for more



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