Thursday, February 4, 2010

If you are involved in Urban Agriculture in one way or another, you may have the moxie to be published in a new journal! Click on the image to see it larger, or go to for more info.

The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) announces its call for briefs and articles related to

Best Practices in Urban and Peri-Urban

Agriculture Development

To be included in JAFSCD Vol. 1 Issue 2
Deadline: June 5, 2010
[This submission deadline may be extended with permission of the publisher]

JAFSCD welcomes
research or policy briefs, and case studies (up to 2,500 words)
and full articles (up to 8,500 words) on best community-development practices related to:

Urban livestock management and regulation
Urban market gardening and backyard gardening
Marketing and value-adding
Waste management and reuse
Urban farming by immigrant or other special populations
Farming on the fringe

Briefs, case studies, and articles should focus on illustrative programs or projects, survey results, literature reviews, and public policy related — but not limited to — land-use planning and regulation, health ordinances or their implementation, training and educational programs, marketing systems or value chains, partnership development, systems approaches, issues of scale, and farm-neighbor relations. We are particularly interested in holistic approaches that combine community and economic development with environmental protection. Examples of applied research questions include:
Poultry, rabbit, swine, and small ruminant production versus community health: can a balance of interests be found?
Where and why are urban live animal markets flourishing? What are the SWOTs?
Where and why have some conventional family farmers been able to successfully adapt to urbanization, and what are winning programming strategies to support them?
What are key programmatic ingredients in helping older immigrants with a background and interest in farming gain access to agricultural opportunities in and around cities?
What are the trends in growth of urban and peri-urban farming, and what hinders or encourages urban or peri-urban agriculture?
What architecture or landscape designs are successfully accommodating urban or peri-urban agriculture?
Where are urban farming policies working or showing promise? Why?
What are viable approaches to market analysis and modeling for urban food production and sales outlets?
There is a rich literature on urban agriculture in the Global South. Can that literature inform approaches that can be taken in the North?

Please submit an abstract or concept piece directly to JAFSCD publisher Duncan Hilchey for initial screening and feedback: .

FOR DETAILS on this call for papers and submission guidelines, visit
The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is published by New Leaf Publishing and Consulting (

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