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RUAF - Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security

RUAF - Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security

Urban Farming The practice of cultivating food and raising animals in an urban environment is referred to variously as urban farming or urban agriculture. Whilst small-scale and localised food production has a long history, including individual allotments which have been popular in Europe since the late C18, it is the integration of such farming practices within the economic and ecological system of towns and cities that is a newer development. This means that urban resources such as compost from food waste and waste water from urban drainage is made use of, whilst urban problems such as the pressure on land and development also have to be negotiated. The recent of example of Cuba has proven the effectiveness of urban agriculture, where it played a critical role in ensuring food security after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989. Other Work Andre Viljoen (ed.), Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: Designing Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Cities (Oxford: Architectural Press, 2005).

International Peasant Conference : Stop the land grab Details Published on Friday, 02 December 2011 14:17 From the Nyéléni Village - Selingué – Mali – 17 November 2011 Interview with Ndiakhate Fall, from the region of Thies, Ville de Mecklie, member of the CMCR (Conseil National de Concertation et de Cooperation des Ruraux) that is the platform of peasants’ organisations in Senegal, member of Via Campesina. I am a farmer. First of all the extension of cities. Another example is from the valley of Fanaye, where an Italian company has received 150.000 hectares of land from the government. At present, thanks to the information campaigns developed by peasants organizations and other civil society organisations many farmers are refusing to be pushed off their land. Civil society and peasants’ organisations struggle together In Fanaye, an Italian company (SENETHANOL) asked for land to build a factory for the production and processing of agrofuels. Management of land in Senegal The importance of this first peasants forum against land-grabbing

Eat The Suburbs! Beer Beer: Making Bread And Mushrooms A traditional brewery of today (see model of traditional brewery below), that brews beer according to the German purity standards, produces beer, but also produces organic waste streams and lost energy. This waste from the brewery is organic material which means that its polluting effect could be seen as minimal. However, given the quantity of water needed for the large volumes of beer produced by today's breweries (up to more than 20 liters of water per liter of brewed beer), this organic waste is a problem. It is also a waste considering the amount of nutrients and protein used from the grains in the beer-brewing process. A small percentage of the nutrients are used, and the protein is left untouched in the spent grains after the process. Traditional Brewery Process Flow Diagram What is Zero Emissions about? Michael McBride, Stormbrewing, Newfoundland. Article published in Canada, August 18, 1999 ZERI Brewery Process Flow Diagram What happened here?

Urban Agri_Polis - Project Library Rikke Hedegaard ChristensenEva Margret Reynisdottir4. term, Urban Design, Master (Master Programme) Urban Agri_Polis er et visionær by bykoncept der forsøger at genskabe et bæredygtigt forhold mellem det urbane byliv og landbrugs produktion. Urban Agri_Polis er en fusion mellem to verdner; en verden hvor urbanitet møder rural landbrugsproduktion, hvor det grå beton møder den grønne natur og hvor byboerens pulserende liv møder bonemandens hverdag.

What a global food crisis looks like: Oxfam's food prices map Food prices have hovered near an all-time peak since late 2010 sending tens of millions of people into poverty. Oxfam's interactive map shows how poor communities across the world are being hurt by high and volatile food prices. This ‘food price pressure points map’ provides a global snapshot of the impacts of the global food price crisis. Use this code to embed the map on your website: What causes food price spikes? Failed crops – often caused by our changing climate – hit food prices hard. Short-sighted biofuels strategies play a part too – taking food off of people's plates and putting it into car tanks. But despite all these complex causes, the effects on poor people are painfully simple. Whole communities face an uncertain future, because all anyone can think about is where their next meal will come from. It's time to grow out of food price spikes. The way to GROW But what's also needed is more effective global handling of food price crises when they do happen. Related links

Server by Alastair Parvin « arkinet Some days ago we published the first of a serie of projects from the the President’s Medals for Students Projects organized by theRoyal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The winning entries will be published on December 2, so in the meanwhile, we continue publishing some of the students projects that are participating. This time the project is called SERVER and it was presented by Alastair Parvin from The University of Sheffield Sheffield UK. We have talked before about food problems in cities and the different solutions that can be developed, such as vertical farming or urban farming. This time Parvin’s proposal has more similities to MVRDV’s Pig City than with skyfarming and the project speculates upon whether we can redefine what is actually meant by the term ‘local’. Oil and Food crisis : The case for a large scale agricultural experiment in the way we feed cities. Satellite view of the Server belt and surrounding farmland. More interesting student’s projects here. Like this:

Nourrir l’humanité, refaire le monde ! - Agrobioscience Nourrir l'humanité : refaire le mondeVendredi 19 mars 2010Librairie Etudes/ La FabriqueUniversité Toulouse-Le Mirail ProgrammeRadiographie des malnutritions (15mn)Bernard Maire, nutritionniste, directeur de recherche, responsable de l'équipe Nutrition Publique, UMR Nutripass (IRD) Les visages de la pauvreté (15mn)Henri Rouillé d'Orfeuil, économiste Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), ancien président de Coordination Sud Trois pistes (Animation J. La régulation : marchés en main ? Cultures alimentaires : le pouvoir des savoirs (20mn)Jean-Pierre Poulain, sociologue de l'alimentation, directeur du Centre d'études du tourisme, de l'hôtellerie et des industries de l'alimentation (CETIA – Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail). Les politiques de sécurité alimentaire sous influences (20mn) (animation L. Nourrir l'humanité : l'Europe moteur de la coopération ? Cinq chantiers pour la Méditerranée (20 mn) Animation V.

Friends of Abbey Gardens Terres en Villes Actualités Journée des techniciens Terres en Villes Mardi 18 mars 2014 à Paris A l'ordre du jour : - Projets des membres et des priorités du réseau pour 2014 - La loi avenir de l'agriculture, la nouvelle programmation européenne, les lois ALUR et MAPAM : quels atouts pour les politiques agricoles périurbaines ? - Economie agricole et alimentaire : résultats de projets CasDar (GAMAI - REALISAB) Télécharger le programme de la journée Présentation du réseau L'urbanisation est un trait majeur du développement économique et social de la France, comme de l'ensemble des autres pays de l'Union Européenne. Cette mutation, souvent brutale, boulverse tout autant l'espace urbain que l'espace rural, devenu périurbain. 15 Juin 2000, naissance de Terres en Villes Le 15 juin 2000, des élus intercommunaux et des responsables agricoles, ayant mis en place des politiques agricoles périurbaines sur leur territoire, créent "Terres en Villes". Voir la carte des agglomérations membres

Inside Urban Green re:farm the city I will share here a low cost solution for the recycling of organic waste, appropriate for apartments and urban housing that do not have a piece of land or an outdoor area. This construction is inspired by the Cadico earthworms nice project. The photos are from the composter I made here at home : ) It’s called a Vermi composter because we use worms in the process, uhuuuuu big thanks to the worms, they deserve! To make this kind of composter, it is important to use stackable supports to separate the different stages of composting. In this case, I used 3 buckets of margarine 15L reused. The first step is to cut the center of the lids that stands between the buckets. Then we will make holes into the bottom of the 2 buckets that will stay on top and receive the organic waste. Then, we use thinner drills, size 1, or 1.5 mm for making holes in the top of these 2 buckets to allow the entry of air, very important component of a good composting. Place a first layer of compound or forest land. . .

École d'agriculture urbaine - du 15 au 19 août 2011 Urban Leaves