By Mark Redwood
Released with IDRC This quantity, by way of many of the world's best specialists on city agriculture, examines concrete thoughts to combine urban farming into the city panorama. Drawing on unique box paintings in towns around the quickly urbanizing worldwide south, the ebook examines the contribution of city agriculture and town farming to livelihoods and meals protection. Case stories hide meals construction diversification for powerful and safe foodstuff provision; the socio-economic and agronomic facets of city composting; city agriculture as a plausible livelihood process; thoughts for integrating urban farming into city landscapes; and the complicated social-ecological networks of city agriculture. different case stories examine public health and wellbeing features together with the effect of insecticides, micro-biological hazards, pollutants and water infection on nutrition construction and other people. eventually the booklet calls on urban farmers, politicians, environmentalists and regulatory our bodies to interact to enhance the longer term sustainability of city farming as an immense, safe resource of foodstuff and employment for city populations.
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Agricultural knowledge The results of the baseline survey revealed that none of the 300 respondents had received any kind of organized agricultural training. Because of their lack of knowledge, a training programme on organic farming was developed covering soil preparation, crop management, harvesting techniques and postharvest handling. Increases in agricultural knowledge was observed through improved farming practices. 7 per cent had no knowledge of macronutrients (carbohydrates and proteins) or micronutrients (vitamin A and iron).
Agricultural knowledge increased signiﬁcantly, as evidenced in the improved farming practices and diversity of crops which became accessible to households. Organic farming was the preferred system of crop production because it does not require expensive inputs; hence, it is aﬀordable to people of all socio-economic classes. Those households participating in the intervention phase experienced an improvement in their food security and this also indicated an increase in dietary diversity due to improved caloric, protein, vitamin A and iron intakes.