In 2005 I visited Gordon Prain and colleagues at Urban Harvest which looked at the challenges faced in relation to burgeoning urbanisation in different parts of the world and the need for food production in urban settings. I was taken to the outskirts of Lima to see what the challenges were.
Differences in crop growth on the left using river water and small scale reservoir water Peri Urban vegetable production in the rural hinterland of Lima The challenges of washing vegetables for an urban market in contaminated water from drainage water and in a local river – note the privy next to the root vegetables in the lower right hand picture discharging straight into the river. As more people come into Lima from the countryside – farm land is abandoned and used for building materials and there is pollution of waterways as a result of urban sprawl Previously this was farm land the soil is ‘mined’ to make earth bricks – people who have come in from the countryside are employed to make the bricks. The level of the land has dropped significantly and is fit only to grow grass on it afterwards. The wet clay bricks are taken away to a nearby brick oven. The construction of dwellings is booming to take account of rural migration, but some of the dwellings have lack facilities like running water.
© Andrew Ormerod 2013