Most of the examples of recent urban agriculture projects given in the readings are coming from cities located in developed countries, like Paris or Berlin. These projects are benefiting from efficient public services like municipal waste treatment, modern infrastructures and adequate urban planning, from the skills of highly-educated project leaders and from the support of public authorities (Aubry & Daniel; Specht et al.).
This favorable environment for the development of urban agriculture might not exist in some big cities in developing countries. High level of urban pollution, lack of waste treatment, less-efficient public services or issues of water-scarcity might hinder the implementation of modern and productive urban agricultural projects. Therefore, is modern UA mostly a northern country’s tendency or can it spread in every urban areas located in both developed and developing countries?
My reply from yesterday doesn’t seem to be publicly visible, so I upload it here:
“Yes I think both questions are linked: can we expect modern forms of urban agriculture to progressively appear in developing countries, and what can local/national public authorities do to help develop UA ? Or we could also ask if local authorities in developing countries have enough resources (money / time / human resources) to develop UA.”
Good question ! Maybe you can modify it in order to ask what tools could we implement to spread the principle of urban agriculture. In fact, I think that you’re right about saying that nowadays it’s only a “Western thing” but I reckon that this is because developing countries have other problems to solve before that ! But it will be developed in those countries, for sure. The real question is how !