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01 Feb 2007 description

Safe, fresh food for city dwellers

1 February 2007, Rome - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has opened a new front in its battle against hunger and malnutrition - in the world's cities where most of global population growth is set to take place over the next decades.

"Urban agriculture" may seem a contradiction, but that is what FAO is supporting as one element in urban food supply systems in response to the surging size of the cities of the developing world - and to their fast-advancing slums - according to Alison Hodder, senior horticulturist with …