Profitability and sustainability of urban and periurban agriculture

Author: René van Veenhuizen
Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.
ISBN: 9251058814
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Agriculture

Urban agriculture (UA) is a dynamic concept that comprises a variety of livelihood systems ranging from subsistence production and processing at the household level to more commercialized agriculture. It takes place in different locations and under varying socio-economic conditions and political regimes. The diversity of UA is one of its main attributes, as it can be adapted to a wide range of urban situations and to the needs of diverse stakeholders. This paper aims to provide pertinent information on profitability and sustainability of UA to a wide audience of managers and policymakers from municipalities, ministries of agriculture, local government, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), donor organizations and university research institutions. It aims to highlight the benefits of linkages between agriculture and the urban environment, leading to a more balanced understanding of the conflicts and synergies. It examines how UA can contribute substantially to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in reducing urban poverty and hunger (MDG 1) and ensuring environmental sustainability (MDG 7).

Cities Poverty and Food

Author: Marielle Dubbeling
Publisher: Practical Action Pub
ISBN: 1853397091
Release Date: 2010-01-01
Genre: Political Science

To do this urban agriculture must be cross-cutting and multi-functional, So how can policy be developed to include all the relevant sectors and disciplines, including agriculture, urban land use planning, health; waste management, social housing and slum upgrading, and parks and nature management? --

Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes

Author: Andre Viljoen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136414312
Release Date: 2012-05-04
Genre: Architecture

This book on urban design extends and develops the widely accepted 'compact city' solution. It provides a design proposal for a new kind of sustainable urban landscape: Urban Agriculture. By growing food within an urban rather than exclusively rural environment, urban agriculture would reduce the need for industrialized production, packaging and transportation of foodstuffs to the city dwelling consumers. The revolutionary and innovative concepts put forth in this book have potential to shape the future of our cities quality of life within them. Urban design is shown in practice through international case studies and the arguments presented are supported by quantified economic, environmental and social justifications.

Environmental Policy in an International Context

Author: Andrew Blowers
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780080531151
Release Date: 1996-05-31
Genre: Political Science

This volume examines the environmental issues currently under debate in the international arena. The text approaches the topic at a conceptual level, and from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. It analyses the roles of key players in environmental policy, the nation state, non-governmental organizations and the business community. It continues with an examination of the importance of international relations (trade, east, west, north, south), and goes on to consider the prospects for sustainable development and social changes required for sustainable development to become a reality.

State of the World 2011

Author: The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781610916288
Release Date: 2015-03-19
Genre: Nature

A compelling look at the global food crisis, with particular emphasis on global innovations that can help solve a worldwide problem. State of the World 2011 not only introduces us to the latest agro-ecological innovations and their global applicability but also gives broader insights into issues including poverty, international politics, and even gender equity.

Wild Urban Woodlands

Author: Ingo Kowarik
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 354023912X
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Political Science

"Urban landscapes formerly shaped by heavy industry are evolving all over the world. The associated processes enhance the evolution of a new kind of wilderness. In regions such as the German Ruhrgebiet, vast post-industrial areas have already been recolonised naturally by forests. These new types of urban woodlands are often overlooked by ecologists, foresters and planners. The book provides a first concise overview of ecological features and potential social functions of this new kind of urban wilderness. The general chapters provide introductions and conceptual approaches from the perspectives of ecology, environmental sociology, forestry, nature conservation and landscape architecture. They are illustrated by a broad array of case studies from England, Germany and Japan."--BOOK JACKET.


Release Date: 2007-12

At Dwell, we're staging a minor revolution. We think that it's possible to live in a house or apartment by a bold modern architect, to own furniture and products that are exceptionally well designed, and still be a regular human being. We think that good design is an integral part of real life. And that real life has been conspicuous by its absence in most design and architecture magazines.

State of the World 2007

Author: The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781610916325
Release Date: 2015-03-19
Genre: Nature

In 2008, half of the Earth’s population will live in urban areas, marking the first time in history that humans are an urban species. State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future examines changes in the ways cities are managed, built, and lived in that could tip the balance towards a healthier and more peaceful urban future.

Basics Product Design 02 Material Thoughts

Author: David Bramston
Publisher: AVA Publishing
ISBN: 9782940373871
Release Date: 2009-04-14
Genre: Design

Basics Product Design: Material Thoughtsdescribes the various materials and processes available to product designers, and how to use and combine them. It encourages an experimental approach to product design and finishing. The book explores the thinking of leading designers and producers who challenge convention through curiosity and experimentation. It aims to promote a physical enquiry of materials and a mentality that is constantly asking ‘what could be done if…?’ Key contributors include: Alessi, Chris Kabel, Demakersvan, droog, Drummond Masterton, Ettore Sottsass, Front, Gene Kiegel, Industreal, Inflate, Ingo Maurer, Jaime Hayon, Jurgen Bey, Kartell, Maarten Baas, Mathias Bengtsson, Matthias Pliessnig, Memphis, molo, Philippe Starck, Shigeru Ban, Simon Heijdens, Stuart Haygarth, Stuart Walker, Studio Libertiny, Tejo Remy and Rene Veenhuizen. Other titles in the Basics Product Design series include: Idea Searching and Visual Conversations.

Real Dutch Design 0607 Graphic design

Author: Bis
Publisher: Bis Pub
ISBN: 9063690819
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Design

The BNO represents more than 2500 individual designers and 200 design companies in the Netherlands. They are active in every discipline, from autonomous to industrial design, from typography to packaging, from furniture to retail interiors. This book offers a broad sampling of their work.--From preface.