Why care about urban agriculture? Allyn Rosenberger, the author of the article, cites figures from the Resource Center on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF) Foundation predicting that by 2020, 85 percent of the poor in Latin America, and about 40 to 45 percent of the poor in Africa and Asia will be concentrated in towns and cities.
Many in the international community are considering the promise of urban agriculture initiatives in improving the economy, environment, and health of cities.
Local organizations mentioned in the Food Tank article range from a Ugandan urban farmer who runs a space where “young people can learn the fundamentals of urban agriculture and how to develop their own urban farms with limited space,” to one in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which “transforms São Paulo’s unused land into community gardens, school gardens, and agricultural greenhouses to improve the diets and health of local communities,” among other projects and initiatives around the globe.
Another organization on the list is more global in nature: Italian summit in 2015 hosted mayors from over 100 cities across the world, who signed the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP). The Pact is the first international protocol whose aim is to develop sustainable food systems.”
The full list is on the Food Tank website.