Beijing is facing a shortage of water. Because of downward trend in rainfall, surface water is gradually drying up and the level of groundwater is declining. This decline in availability of water is affecting urban agriculture in the city.

In many cities of developing countries untreated wastewater and polluted water are used for agriculture in urban and peri-urban areas. Though such practices are a threat to the health of users and consumers, they do provide important livelihoods benefits and perishable food to cities. This paper through a cross country analysis of 53 cities in the developing world, provides an understanding of the factors that drive wastewater use.

By Kalyan Ray, DH News Service, New Delhi:

Farmers in and around Bangalore are relying substantially on untreated urban waste water for their produce, which not only increase the consumers health risks but also convert farmers into destitutes.

This is the finding of a survey that analysed the quality and usage of waste water for 53 cities in developing countries. Carried out by International Water Management Institute (IWMI), it was released in Stockholm on Monday.

The recently concluded world food summit observed that urban populations are likely to be more exposed to rising food prices than their rural counterparts: they are more likely to consume staple foods derived from tradable commodities and are less likely to produce a significant share of their own food or produce for sale. Anticipating this, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has been advocating urban and peri-urban agriculture

Recycled treated or untreated wastewater represents an important health challenge in developing countries due to potential water related microbiological exposure. The aim of the study was to assess water quality and health implications in a Mexico City periurban agricultural area.

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