From Seed to Table : Strengthening Urban Farmers' Organizational and Marketing Skills (Middle East and North Africa)

RUAF (Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security) was established in 1999 in response to an expressed need on the part of organizations and local governments in the South for a mechanism for exchanging research data and local experience in urban agriculture. During its first phase, RUAF acted as a clearinghouse for global information on urban agriculture, organizing workshops, city consultations and roundtables and producing a contact database, annotated bibliography, publications, electronic conferences and a magazine on urban agriculture. RUAF also worked in tandem with IDRC on regional courses in Quito (Ecuador), Nairobi (Kenya) and Beirut (Lebanon). RUAF can be linked directly or indirectly to policy change on urban agriculture in no fewer than 20 municipalities worldwide.

One area in which RUAF has not been active is the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This grant will allow RUAF to establish a regional focal point in MENA, to be funded in parallel with Dutch Cooperation (DGIS) and the European Community (EC). A focal point in MENA will engage three new cities in the international network: Amman, Jericho and Sa'Naa. It will also generate new research and Arabic language products on urban agriculture specific to the region.

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Start Date

Thursday, July 3, 2008

End Date

Thursday, June 30, 2011


42 months

IDRC Officer

Redwood, Mark

Total funding

CA$ 481,600


Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Climate Change

Project Leader

Marielle Dubbeling


Stichting International Network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security

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