Grounds for Change: Activating Vacant Land

Urban Agriculture in Sana'a


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Urban agriculture as a tool for social and economic rehabilitation in the Middle East

The Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF) is an international network of organizations and resource centers dedicated to expanding the role of urban agriculture as a tool for social and economic rehabilitation in cities and regions affected by poverty, poor food security, and unstable environmental conditions. The RUAF identifies the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as an important area of operation. This project is an ongoing collaboration between RUAF-MENA, the Sana’a municipality, and the Yemen Association for Sustainable Agriculture and Development (Sana’a is the capital of Yemen). The collaborative employed multi-stakeholder action planning (MSAP) to develop and implement new municipal policies in the following areas: water infrastructure and the availability and use of water; efficient means of disseminating knowledge about agricultural practices; empowering women through agricultural participation; and the relationship between preservation, conservation, and agriculture with regard to city lands. RUAF reports success: “Urban agriculture has been strongly put back on the development map of Sana’a. Before, the main focus of the municipality was to preserve the ancestral community gardens of Sana’a for pure conservation purposes (through the UNESCO World Heritage Classification). With the RUAF support urban agriculture in Sana’a was linked to other important city issues like food security and poverty alleviation.”


Resources Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security

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