Notes to broadcasters on urban gardens

    | August 15, 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?

    -DRC: Urban farming takes root

    You may also find the website of the Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF) useful:

    Find RUAF’s Urban Agriculture magazine here:

    In  French:

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

    -“Uganda: Finding space for urban farming” (FRW 164, July 2011)

    -“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:

    Urban gardens present various opportunities for improving income, health and nutrition. If you broadcast to an urban area, you could explore questions like these during a call-in/text-in show:

    -What type of space do listeners use to grow food – for example, backyards, vacant land or a terrace/balcony?

    -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?

    -Do listeners have to spend a lot on equipment or inputs – or have they found innovative ways to grow food cheaply (for example by recycling containers or saving seed)?

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

    -What tips or innovations can they share?