Urban cowboys needed
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CTA. 2002. Urban cowboys needed. Spore 99. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A shortage in skilled livestock managers was a key problem to emerge from ten studies on urban agriculture sponsored recently by Canada s International Development Research Centre. Under IDRC s Agropolis programme to support post-graduate research...
A shortage in skilled livestock managers was a key problem to emerge from ten studies on urban agriculture sponsored recently by Canada s International Development Research Centre. Under IDRC s Agropolis programme to support post-graduate research projects (other type of projects: do not apply!), they included practice and prospects in southern Africa, Argentina, Côte d Ivoire, Cuba and Togo. The first results of an annual wave of research, they were unveiled in late March 2002 with plans for a full publication by early 2003. The studies reveal the ingenuity required to grow herbs, fruits and vegetables, and keep small livestock, on balconies, in backyards and unused blocks of land. For a few producers, it means a living, but for most city dwellers it means little to food security. Persuading city managers to tolerate and support it with extension services, urban vets and hygiene measures is still a major task. Clearly more research is needed. [caption to illustration] South Africa s town of Soweto is now famous for its urban farm too Agropolis, IDRC PO Box 8500, Ottawa, ON K1G 3H9, Canada Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.idrc.ca/cfp/agrhome.html
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