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Recognizing informal irrigation in urban and peri-urban West Africa.

In many parts of West Africa, informally irrigated urban and periurban agriculture supports fast growing cities. With rapid urbanization that is occurring in the region, urban and peri-urban agriculture is thriving with significant benefits for farmers and the urban populations but is little recognized and often handicapped by water pollution. Supporting this sector requires that governments change attitudes to acknowledge the value of informal irrigation and urban agriculture, identify options for health risk reduction and bring together disparate institutions to integrate this development into urban planning.

Author(s): IWMI

Publication: IWMI Water Policy Brief 026; Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) 6p.

Organisation: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Date: 2007

Country: West Africa

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