Notes to broadcasters on urban farming:

    | July 18, 2011

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    Urban farming can take many forms, from a few plant pots in a backyard, to a larger plot of unused land, as in this story. With city populations expanding quickly, urban agriculture has received increased attention in recent years from academics, funders and NGOs.

    Further reading:

    -Fighting poverty and hunger: What role for urban agriculture? http://www.fao.org/economic/es-policybriefs/briefs-detail/en/?no_cache=1&uid=45052

    -DRC: Urban farming takes root http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=93089

    You may also find the website of the Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF) useful: http://www.ruaf.org/

    Find RUAF’s Urban Agriculture magazine here: http://www.ruaf.org/node/101

    In French: http://www.ruaf.org/node/825

    You can read more about the growing trend of urban agriculture in these past FRW news stories:

    -“Uganda: Urban farmers fight eviction” (FRW 72, June 2009)

    “Kenya: Urban agriculture greens metropolis” (FRW 40, October 2008)
    “Africa: Wastewater in urban agriculture is harmful to health, but it also ensures subsistence for urban poor” (FRW 34, August 2008)
    “Africa: Urban agriculture provides relief from high food prices” (FRW 23, June 2008)

    -Farm Radio International has also produced a number of scripts on urban agriculture, many of which offer suggestions for growing food in small spaces: http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/urban.asp.

    Finally, here are some questions to explore during a call-in/text-in show:
    -Have members of your audience grown food in an urban area for a long period of time?

    -How much food do they produce and what impact does this have on their family’s food security?

    -What materials (such as organic fertilizer or planters) do they use to make growing food possible in very small spaces?

    -Which crops grow best with the limited space and resources they have available?

    -What tips or innovations can they share?
    -Have urban farmers found their land reduced or threatened by urban development?

    -If their growing space was reduced, how did they cope?

    -If their land is threatened by urban development, what steps have they taken to protect it?