Urban and Peri-Urban Agroforestry (UPAF)

The Urban and Peri-Urban Agroforestry (UPAF) is an innovative solution with potential to enhance food security and nutrition for the urban poor, green cities and improve urban climates, make cities less prone to flooding and landslides, lower urban energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A pilot project to validate the role of Urban and Peri-Urban Agroforestry (UPAF) in mitigating climate change effects recently concluded in the Kesbewa Urban Council. The project was implemented by the Western Provincial Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the RUAF Foundation of The Netherlands, UN Habitat and Janathakshan. The project saw the income of farmers in the area increase significantly through the concept of integrated vegetable and paddy farming touted by the project. At project conclusion the following positive results were achieved-

  • 43 (17.4 Ha) acres of paddy cultivated (13 (5.2 Ha) acres included abandoned fields) enhancing rainfall infiltration and reducing rapid storm water runoff and flood risks in surrounding areas.
  • Farming households were trained to apply sustainable and climate smart production technologies to integrated cultivation.
  • Farmers were trained on seed selection, fertilizer management and cultivation planning.
  • Exposure training for best performing farmers at sites across the country.
  • 52 farming households were linked to improved business, service and market suppliers.
  • Ties between farmers and Farming Institutions were strengthened easing access to saline resistant traditional paddy seed and farming advice.

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