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RUAF Call for Contributions to Urban Agriculture

  • Subject: [cg] RUAF Call for Contributions to Urban Agriculture
  • From: "Sharon Gordon" gordonse@one.net
  • Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 08:19:35 -0500




The next issue of the Urban Agriculture Magazine will focus on Credit and
Investment for Urban Agriculture. The deadline for submission of articles
set at January 1 2003.


The Urban Agriculture Magazine (UA Magazine) is published three times a
on the RUAF-website (
www.ruaf.org) and in hardcopy version.

The UA Magazine facilitates sharing of information on the impacts of urban
agriculture, promotes the analysis and debate on critical issues for the
development of the sector, and the publication of "best" or "good" or even
'bad" practices in urban agriculture. The UA Magazine welcomes
on new initiatives at individual, neighbourhood, city and national levels.
Attention is given to the technological aspects, as well as to
socio-economic, institutional and policy aspects of sustainable urban food
production and distribution systems. All issues of the UA Magazine will
focus on a selected theme. The next issue will focus on:


The increased public attention and political support for urban agriculture
has created a demand for more information on effective mechanisms for
and investment in urban agriculture. For this special issue, we welcome
articles with Information on existing funds and funding mechanisms for
agriculture are also welcome.

A call we sent out earlier on this subject was related to the initiative by
UN-HABITAT UMP and IDRC, and supported by RUAF, on "Credit and Investment
for Urban Agriculture Interventions". Contributions to this initiative from
India, Nepal, the Philippines, Sudan, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Latin
America (Ecuador and Brazil) were presented and discussed at a workshop in
Nairobi, Kenya in May 2002 (see for more information on this Regional
Workshop under "Urban Policy Implications of Enhancing Food Security in
African Cities" under Events). Experiences covered in these studies are on
cooperatives, active support by municipalities in production and marketing,
private investment initiatives, and contract farming. A selection of these
cases will be published in this magazine. In addition we are inviting you
also to contribute your experiences.

Financing urban agriculture is broader than just the provision of credit to
urban farmers.
Next to formal credit, other forms of financing are considered, like
informal loans, tax incentives, controlled land rent, subsidies on certain
inputs, investment (of Government or private sector) in infrastructure or
technologies, etcetera. Furthermore, next to support to farmers, we would
also like to consider experiences on support to micro-enterprises in food
processing and marketing, support to water treatment or composting
facilities, etc. or support to projects aiming at facilitating and
supporting urban agriculture.

We explicitly invite local stakeholders like municipal politicians, urban
planners, farmer associations, urban NGOs and sectoral organisations (but
others involved are also welcome) to share their practical experiences and
the lessons learned. Two levels of discussion can be distinguished:

a. How to finance urban agriculture programmes?
What contributions may be expected from national government? What role
should and can be played by Municipal Authorities, and what can be expected
by NGOs, farmer organisations and the commercial sector in providing
financing services to urban farmers and in creating the enabling
environment? One can think of experiences gained with alternative
of financing, lower-cost mechanisms, etc.
Also, the contribution of urban farming to Municipal income generation can
be considered. Again another areas is the question what international
and financing mechanisms are most sustainable, or consider public or joint
public-private investment in (market) infrastructure, composting

b. How to satisfy urban farmers' financing needs?
Here a first question is what the main needs are for financial support that
urban farmers have and how these differ from their rural counterparts. What
are the main sources of finance, who are the main actors involved (who
manages the finance, the beneficiaries, gender, etc.). How to ensure access
to finances by female farmers, is there a special financial window for them
necessary? Further experiences requested are those gained in providing
credit to urban farmers, gardeners and input supplying or food processing
micro enterprises: what type of credit schemes have been used and what are
the critical factors for success and failure, and for upscaling; What about
the financial sustainability (the system) and institutional sustainability.
What other financial mechanisms can be mentioned, like tax incentives,
controlled land rents, etc. Please add what you think is useful.


You and/or your colleague(s) are invited to contribute an article to this
'planning' issue of the Urban Agriculture Magazine. Your contribution
give a clear description of the experiences gained, address the policy
implications of your experiences and include recommendations for local
policy makers and planners. Articles should be written in such a way that
those working with farmers could readily understand them.

We would like to receive articles of up to 2500 words long (This is about
4-5 pages A4 and 3 pages in the UA Magazine). Articles should preferably be
accompanied by illustrations (digital if possible: jpg format of good
resolution) and not more than 10 references. The availability of a good
abstract is appreciated.

If you are interested in writing an article, or want to share other
information, please send us your contribution as soon as possible, but not
later than January 1 2003. If you know anyone else who might be willing to
contribute, please pass on this call for contributions or let us know.
Articles will be examined for selection by the editorial team consisting of
the RUAF-editor (Rene van Veenhuizen) with the RUAF Partners.

The UA-Magazine will also include reviews of recent literature and a
on upcoming events. We therefore also welcome any information on recent
publications and videos, information on workshops, training courses,
conferences, as well as information on relevant journals, weblinks,
networks, etc.

The Editor of Urban Agriculture Magazine RUAF
P.O. Box 64, 3830 AB Leusden, The Netherlands
r.van.veenhuizen@etcnl.nl or ruaf@etcnl.nl
Tel: + 31 33 4326000/39
Fax: + 31 33 4940791

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