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Peri-urban horticultural production on the Jos Plateau, Nigeria

Executive Summary
ResearchersDr. Frances Harris, CEESR, Kingston University
Dr. Margaret Pasquini, CAZS, University of Wales, Bangor
Dr. Gina Porter, Dept. of Anthropolgy, Durham University
Prof. Fergus Lyon, CEEDR, Middlesex University
Funding Body/SourceBritish Council Higher Education Link Prgramme and DFID Crop-post-harvest progamme, with additional funding from Durham University (PhD scholarship) and the Tropical Agriculture Association.
Project SummaryThe area arond Jos, in Plateau State, Nigeria, has a unique climate in West Africa, where temperate vegetable production has flourished. The system is based on the abandoned tin mining landscape, which has left fresh water reservoirs for use in irrigated vegetable production. Immigrant Hausa populations developed the farming system, which is now being adopted by local populations as well. Research has focussed on the use of urban waste as a soil ammendment (Pasquini's PhD topic), environmental contraints, marketing and ethnic tension.

Irrigated vegetable plots on the Jos Plateau, Nigeria.


Harris, F. Pasquini, M., Dung, J. and Adepetu, A. 2005. The environmental and social impacts of peri-urban irrigated vegetable production around Jos, Nigeria. In MacGregor, D., Simon, D. and Thompson, D. (Eds).The peri-urban interface: Approaches to sustainable natural and human resource use. , London: Earthscan.

Pasquini, M.W. and Harris, F. 2005 Efficient use of resources: urban waste ash and soil fertility on the Jos Plateau, Nigeria. Area. 37 (1) 17-29

Pasquini, M., Harris, F., Dung, J. and Adepetu, A. 2004 The evolution of dry-season irrigated vegetable production between 1982 and 2000 on the Jos Plateau, Nigeria. Outlook on Agriculture 33 (3) 201-208.

Porter, R.E., Harris, F., Lyon, F., Dung, J. and Adepetu, A.A. 2003. Markets, ethnicity and environment in a vulnerable landscape: the case of small-scale vegetable production on the Jos Plateau, Nigeria, 1991-2001. Geographical Journal, 169 (4) 370-381.

Harris, F. and Twyman, C. 2003. Landscapes of change: socio-environmental interactions in developing areas. Geographical Journal, 169 (4) 326-327.

Thomas, D., Twyman, C. and Harris, F. 2003. Sustainable development in drylands: geographical contributions to a better understanding of people-environment relationships. Geographical Journal 168 (3) 193-194.

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