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Supplying vegetables to Asian cities : is there a case for peri-urban production?

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by David MidmoreDavid Midmore, H Jansen
In this paper, we analyse the dynamic interplay between peri-urban vegetable producers and their changing production and marketing environments in Asia, using examples from urban conglomerates in South, Southeast and East Asia. We discuss income generation, labour use, management of land and water resources, use of urban and market waste materials and health and food safety aspects. We conclude that peri-urban vegetable production, even though currently economically viable, is unlikely to be able to compete in the long run for scarce land and labour resources, unless alternative production technologies become available and the positive externalities generated by peri-urban agriculture become internalised. There is thus an urgent need for interdisciplinary research aimed at developing such technologies as well as for integrated economic and environmental analyses that take explicit account of interactions between peri-urban producers, the urban waste management sector, municipal planners and consumers.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

28

Issue

1

Start Page

13

End Page

27

Number of Pages

15

ISSN

0306-9192

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Pergamon

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Agricultural Economics Research Institute; Faculty of Arts, Health and Sciences; International Food Policy Research Institute; TBA Research Institute; Wageningen Universiteit;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Food policy.

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