Visit to Urban Harvest – Challenges of urban and peri urban land use around Lima, Peru by Andrew Ormerod (2005)

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.

Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.39.11 Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.38.59Small scale peri urban dairy production

Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.38.30 Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.38.16Differences in crop growth on the left using river water and small scale reservoir water Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.38.44                                                                               Peri Urban vegetable production in the rural hinterland of Lima Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.37.19Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.37.51    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. Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.37.39Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.38.04      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 Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.40.23 Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.39.39Previously 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. Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.40.55 Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.39.28    The wet clay bricks are taken away to a nearby  brick oven. Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.41.13Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 09.41.25    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


About cornucopiaalchemy

Dr. Andrew Ormerod has 14 years experience working as the Economic Botanist at the Eden Project - researching topical stories, artefacts, ethnobotanical inks, catering and retail links to exhibits. Previously I was involved with plant breeding and plant tissue culture working on a range of crops including winter cauliflowers, agricultural lupins, vining peas, wheat and barley and coconuts. I am now freelance and am interested in opportunities for lecturing; writing articles; consultancy linked to development of botanic gardens for crops based exhibits; supply chain work for unusual food or non-food crops with interesting stories about plants and people attached to them.
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