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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Importance of urban greening explained - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The importance of urban greening has been explained by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) just as the 
world is becoming more and more urbanized, reports NaijaAgroNet

By 2050, NaijaAgroNet gathered, almost 70 percent of the world's population will be living in cities, with 90 percent of the increase occurring in Africa and Asia, with about 70 percent of all food supplies consumed by urban dwellers - a number that is steadily on the rise.

According to FAO officials, population growth and rapid urbanization imply dietary shifts and an increasing demand for basic goods and services, as well as growing competition for natural resources to ensure access to healthy diets for all. 

"Local administrations are finding it more and more difficult to meet the needs of urban and peri-urban populations and the COVID-19 pandemic has added new challenges, such as food systems disruptions, loss of jobs and food insecurity, worsening conditions especially for the most vulnerable," they said.

FAO also informed that as a result of the aforementioned, many urban and peri-urban communities are now more than ever exposed to food and nutrition insecurity combined with diet-related non-communicable diseases as well as increasing rates of overweight and obesity.

"Today cities consume almost 80 percent of the total energy produced in the world. They are responsible for 70 percent of global waste and account for about 70 percent of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions," they said.

Further, NaijaAgroNet gathered that maintaining sustainable food systems and having more green spaces, including urban and peri-urban agriculture and forests are essential for cities, making them more resilient in dealing with the impacts of climate change and COVID-19, ensuring that health-related issues do not disrupt urban food supply and distribution.

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