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Growing food in greener cities

  Urban horticulture supplies fresh food, creates jobs, recycles waste   

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By 2025, more than half the developing world's population - an estimated 3.5bn people - will be urban. For policy makers and urban planners in poor countries, greener cities could be the key to ensuring safe, nutritious food, sustainable livelihoods and healthier communities.

The concept of "green cities" is usually associated with urban planning in the more developed world. But it has a special application, and significantly different social and economic dimensions, in low-income developing countries.

As cities grow, valuable agricultural land is lost to housing, industry and infrastructure, and production of fresh food is pushed further into rural areas. The cost of transport, packing and refrigeration, the poor state of rural roads, and heavy losses in transit add to the scarcity and cost of fruit and vegetables in urban markets.


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South African campaign targets UK consumers with excellent plum quality

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South African plum growers have reported excellent crop quality this season as they look to inspire UK consumers to choose their fruit

Morocco to record a 12% rise in citrus fruit production

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Citrus fruit production in Morocco is expected to reach an estimated 2.55 mmt in 2021/2022, registering a 12% rise from the previous period

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As the retailer and wholesaler demand for sultanas in the UK is currently rising due to their competitive pricing and good quality, the South African raisin industry is taking advantage...

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