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Evaluation of constraints and potentials in periurban agriculture and potential use of urban organic

The constraints to the development of (peri)-urban agriculture are generally similar in both cities and have been discussed above (section 4.3). In particular, urban horticulturalists face similar problems of security of land tenure, poorly-developed input supply chains and limited knowledge of marketing possibilities. Farmers in Ouagadougou have limited water availability as an additional constraint. For urban horticulture to develop on a sustainable and safe basis, it is important that farmers are given clear signals from the government concerning land tenure. Increased security will allow them to take a longer-term incentive with respect to managing the quality of their soil and this may help promote the use of organic waste products. On the other hand, there are clear instances where this agricultural activity poses risks for the health of the farmers and the safety of their products, due to the use of contaminated water for irrigation purposes. There may be no other sensible...

Publications and Papers

Recycling Urban Waste in Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture A Literature Review (LEI & WASTE) Van den Berg, L.M., I. Kemeling and G.J. Roerink. 2001. Urban agriculture in Ouagadougou and Bamako estimating its spatial distribution with the help of IKONOS high resolution satellite imagery. NRSP-2 Report 01-41 of the NetherlandsRemote Sensing Board, Delft.

Analysis of organic matternutrient flows

The project concentrated on estimating the potential flows of organic waste material into urban and peri-urban agriculture. Results of the various surveys and experimentations provided a number of parameters which made it possible for LEI to calculate potentially how much solid organic waste material is available for use as compost and as an unsorted waste amender. This were also translated into amounts of the macronutrients, N, P and K. While this can be seen as an attempt to close the nutrient cycle, waste materials are more of a compliment to, than a substitute for, mineral fertiliser products, particularly for commercially-oriented and intensive horticultural producers. The waste is particularly valued for its organic matter content. The intensive irrigation of urban horticultural systems also means that estimating the significant nutrient flows due to leaching is difficult, implying that the estimation of nutrient balances, as opposed to some flows, was not feasible. Estimating...

Final Report Abstract

The Potentials of development of urban and peri-urban agriculture in relation to urban waste management in West Africa Project (APUGEDU) was undertaken by a consortium of four organisations based in Bamako, Mali and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and four European research organisations. This multidisciplinary, systems-oriented project lasted from March 1999 through May 2002 and was co-ordinated by the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI), of the Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands. The project began with detailed characterisations of both the agricultural and waste management sectors in each of the two study cities. This included the use of participatory appraisal techniques as well as quantitative surveys. Policies affecting both of these sectors were inventoried and summarised. In addition, samples of existing waste products were taken and analysed for the presence of biological pathogens and heavy metals. All of this information, together with...

The Apugedu Research Project

This applied research project examined the technical and organisational potential for improving the use of urban organic waste in urban and peri-urban agriculture in Bamako, Mali and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The project's timeframe was March 1999 to May 2002. Strengthening the development of a viable system of processing, distribution and marketing of organic waste material for application in (peri)-urban agriculture

Selection of periurban agricultural sites

In Bamako, two large zones of agricultural production one (labelled A) lying at the edge of the city, upstream along the northern bank of the Niger River and another (labelled B), comprising a number of areas of intensive horticultural production in the city centre and leading away towards the downstream side. In Ouagadougou, six significant urban horticultural sites were identified along the major water channels (including wastewater channels). Furthermore, one large peri-urban area to the north of the city was identified. In both cities, the distinction between peri-urban agriculture and the surrounding rural production systems is difficult to make.

Participatory appraisals of farming systems

The participatory analysis of the farming systems in the various sites revealed the diversity of conditions in which (peri)-urban agriculture takes place in both cities. In Bamako, the results of the appraisal highlight the differences between zones A and B. The sites in zone A combine both staple crop and horticultural crop production, with the former being the most important, while zone B consists essentially of intensive horticultural production in an urban setting. Farmers in zone A make use of urban wastes coming from municipal collection points in the nearby Commune IV as well as animal manure from urban livestock corrals. Generally these farmers go and seek out these waste products themselves, or they make arrangements with the drivers of the municipal trucks.

Inventory and analysis of policies

The inventory and analysis of policies was coordinated by IIED which provided substantial guidance on the design of these studies, as well as feedback on the results. In Bamako, two separate reviews were undertaken one by IER of the evolution of policies concerning (peri)-urban agriculture and one by CEK on the waste management sector. These reviews concentrated on the analysis of official texts and interviews with key informants. In Ouagadougou, the two reviews were combined, in order to place emphasis on the possibilities for enhancing linkages between them. This task was for the most part undertaken by CREPA. Eight focus group discussions were organised in which a total of 70 individuals organisations participated. This included horticultural farmers from 2 of the project study sites 7 associations collecting solid waste from households 13 public organisations 7 companies collecting liquid waste 7 companies collecting solid waste.

Literature Reviews

The reviews of experience and existing documentation in Bamako and Ouagadougou were used as internal project documents. They highlighted the lack of available information on the (peri)-urban agriculture sector in the two cities, and the relative lack of attention that the sector has received by official organisations. The international review underlined the absence of systematic studies on the potential for recycling urban waste into (peri)-urban agriculture, and produced useful information on relevant norms for the quality of compost.


The cities of many areas of the developing world are growing rapidly, presenting waste management challenges to public authorities. In semi-arid environments such as the Sahel, the organic waste produced by city dwellers provides a valuable source of organic material for use in agriculture. At the same time, increasing attention has been given by development organisations to the role (peri)-urban agriculture plays as a source of income and (often) higher value products for urban residents. The concentrated production and disposal of organic waste material in cities such as Ouagadougou and Bamako provides interesting opportunities in a region where declining soil fertility is viewed as a major constraint to agricultural development. Indeed, this organic material is often captured though questions are raised about the safety and efficacy of these practices. Strengthen the development of a viable system of processing, distribution and marketing of organic waste material for application...