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Proven benefits of urban agriculture

May 4, 2008

Benefits of urban agriculture:

–      higher productivity per unit of space

 

–      low capital per unit of production

 

–      low energy consumption

 

–      low marketing cost

 

–      freshness of the products. 

 

Efficiency: 

–      Smaller scale plots, greater diversity

 

–      Intensive horticulture practiced on small plots maks efficient use of limited water and land resources

 

–      It has been demonstrated that an area of six square metrs can produce all the vegetable needs for a family of four for a year

 

–      Horticultural species can provide up to 50 kg of fresh produce per square meter per year, depending upon the technology applied

 

–      Productivity can be as much as 15 times the output per hectare of rural agriculture

 

–      Provides quick response to emergency food needs

 

–      Efficiency through productive use of under-utilized resources, such as: 

 

o  vacant land 

 

o  treated wastewater

 

o  recycled waste

 

o  unemployed labor. 

 

–      Greater degree of crop diversity = year-round production = year-round employment and income

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