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TitleWastewater use in urban agriculture : assessing current research and options for national and local governments
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsRedwood, M
Secondary TitleCities feeding people report series / IDRC
Volumeno. 37
Pagination62 p. : boxes, fig., tab.
Date Published2004-01-01
PublisherInternational Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Place PublishedOttawa, Ont, Canada
Keywordsagriculture, middle east, north africa, policies, research, sdiafr, sdimed, sdipol, urban areas, wastewater recycling, wastewater treatment, water management

This report explores the link between urban agriculture and wastewater use based on existing literature and applied research. Section 1 and 2 provide a general discussion of urbanization, food insecurity, the use of urban spaces for food production, water scarcity and the challenges in providing urban water and sanitation services. Section 3 offers a detailed discussion of existing research linking urban agriculture with wastewater use. Section 4 concentrates on the benefits of wastewater use in alleviating poverty. In section 5, an overview of water/wastewater management and governance is presented. Decentralization and local level water management are also discussed. Section 6 looks at some alternative arrangements and identifies the roles to be played by various key stakeholders. Alternative technical options are presented based on recent IDRC experiences. These include both low-cost wastewater treatment options useful at the household and community level. Non-treatment options, for situations where treatment is not feasible, are also reviewed.

NotesBibliography: p. 52-56
Custom 1351.3, 302.3


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