Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture

Rural-urban linkages – June 2015 – Issue 17.2

MRural-urban linkagesore and more people are moving towards urban areas for various reasons. This has also increased the demand for food while putting pressure on scarce resources. Urban life styles and food preferences also influence the type of food grown and the way it is grown to meet the growing urban food demand. Rural urban linkages play a crucial role in influencing the minds of consumers about the importance of safe food and the methods that need to be adopted in producing the same. The consumer demand for safe food becomes the prime driver in farming moving towards agro ecological way. Majority of the examples presented in the magazine indicate that small farmers are shifting towards agro-ecological approaches, as the consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of healthy foods, creating a demand for it. Also, the experiences indicate that rural-urban linkages have a vast potential in preserving cultures, ecologies and economies of sustained urban and rural growth.

 

Editorial

Connecting to cultural roots

Akhil Kapoor

Sustainable regional food cycles in Nepal

Tulsi Giri

Creating city region food systems

Emily Mattheisen

From farm to plate: An initiative of Sahaja Organics

G Krishna Prasad and B Somesh

Community supported agriculture, thriving in China

Judith Hitchman

Connecting with the Urban: A case of poultry farming

Amandeep Singh and Pranav Kumar

From rarity to ubiquity: Entrepreneurship revives rare rice variety

Epsha Palikhey, Lakpa Sherpa and Sajal Sthapit

Learning lunch with nature

Sudhirendar Sharma

Linking markets: Students show the way

Yogranjan and Kamini Bisht

Farmily: A social media for farmer-consumer linkages

New Books

Sources

Threatened landscapes unite rural and urban communities in Japan

Pia Kieninger and Marianne Penker

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