Urban Agriculture and Food Security - Some Facts and Figures
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Towns and cities are growing rapidly in developing countries. This process is often accompanied by high levels of poverty and hunger, leading many urban dwellers to engage in farming activities to ...

Towns and cities are growing rapidly in developing countries. This process is often accompanied by high levels of poverty and hunger, leading many urban dwellers to engage in farming activities to help satisfy their food needs. Policy makers need to recognize this reality and actively seize the opportunities offered by urban agriculture.

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  • Urban Agriculture and Food Security Some facts and figures
  • Urbanization is growing rapidly Source: UNDESA millions
  • An increasing number of megacities… Source: www.indiatimes.org
  • … especially in developing countries million inhabitants
  • Urban agriculture an important reality Share of urban households participating in agricultural activities (in %)
  • … especially for the poor Share of urban households participating in agricultural activities (in %)
  • Providing a source of income… Share of income from on farm activities among urban households (in %)
  • … and additional and more nutritious food
    • Greater quantities of food (up to 30% more)
    • A more diversified diet (higher number of food groups consumed)
    • Higher intake of energy and calorie availability
    Source: based on Zezza and Tasciotti (2010)
  • More information
    • Fighting Poverty and Hunger : What Role for Urban Agriculture; FAO Policy Brief No 10
    • Zezza, A. and L. Tasciotti (2010): Urban agriculture, poverty and food security ; in: Food Policy Vol. 35(4), pp. 265-273
    • FAO Food for the Cities
    • FAO Growing Greener Cities