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UN says food security must be integral part of urban planning

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Food security and nutrition are essential ingredients for successful urban planning in the developing world, a United Nations official says. Maria Helena Semedo, deputy director-general for natural resources at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), made the comments last week in Berlin.

Semedo spoke at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, according to the FAO, which organized the event. The forum is part of International Green Week in Berlin, which runs from January 15 to 24. She warns that mass migration to cities is straining food resources along with the effects of climate change, such as drought, fiercer storms and floods.

Municipalities are urged to take steps to avoid food waste by distributing unused edibles to needy populations. Cities also should compost food to produce energy, she says. Vertical gardens that fit into dense areas and hydroponics that enable indoor cultivation without soil are strategies cities can use to boost production, the article says.

Read more about the FAO and urban agriculture here.   

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