Land use policies and extension approaches for developing urban horticulture in Novi Sad

  • Hamid El Bilali, PhD Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM/MAI-B), Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Department; Valenzano (Bari)
  • Biljana Panin, PhD student Department of Economics and Territory, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
  • Siniša Berjan, MSc University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture


More than 50% of the Serbian population lives in urban areas that can provide multifunctional services and goods. Urban agriculture is about producing, processing and marketing food in cities and can help achieving urban ecosystems sustainability, improving urban residents’ living conditions and diversifying their income-generating activities. This review paper presents the state-of-the-art on urban agriculture in particular benefits; constraints and risks; production sites, systems, techniques and strategies; and some socio-economic and gender aspects. Extension services should develop new advisory and communication approaches to meet urban producers’ specific needs. Conducive land use and allocation policies, that can be designed and implemented to promote urban agriculture in Novi Sad, have been discussed.


Download data is not yet available.


1. Boland, J. (2005). Urban agriculture: Growing vegetables in cities. Agrodok 24, Agromisa Foundation, Wageningen, 82 p.
2. Cabannes, Y. & Dubbeling, M. (2003). Guidelines for municipal policymaking on urban agriculture. Urban agriculture: Land management and physical planning. No 3, First Edition – March 2003. IDRC; PGU-ALC/UN-HABITAT and IPES.
3. Drescher et al (2000). Urban food security: Urban agriculture, a response to crisis? Urban Agriculture Magazine (2000): 1/1.
4. FAO (2001). Urban and peri-urban agriculture: A briefing guide for the successful implementation of urban and peri-urban agriculture in developing countries and countries of transition. Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS)/DOC/27.8, Handbook Series, Volume III, Rome, 84 p.
5. FAO (2005). Farming in urban areas can boost food security. Green the cities through agriculture - World Environment Day. ,(July 15, 2010).
6. HBPG et al (2002). Urban agriculture strategy. Prepared for Vancouver City by Holland Barrs Planning Group (HBPG) and Lees + Associates Sustainability Vent. Group. Southeast False Creek Urban Agriculture Study.
7. Koc, M., et al (1999). For hunger-proof cities - Sustainable urban food systems. International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. ISBN: 0-88936-882-1.
8. Maksin-Mićić, M. (2008). Urban sprawl in Serbia. 44th ISOCARP Congress - “Urban growth without sprawl - A way towards sustainable urbanization”, 19-23 September 2008, Dalian (China).
9. Martine, G. (2007). State of world population 2007. United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), New York, 99 pp.
10. Petrović Ž., Janković D. & Čikić J. (2009). Problems in the extension work and farmers’ needs in Serbia. 113th EAAE Seminar “The role of knowledge, innovation and human capital in multifunctional agriculture and territorial rural development”, Belgrade, December 9-11, 2009.
11. Smit, J., Ratta, A. & Nasr, J. (1996). Urban agriculture: Food, jobs, and sustainable cities. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), NY.
12. UNEP (2002). GEO-3: Global environment outlook - State of the environment and policy retrospective: 1972–2002 - Chapter 2: Urban areas.
13. Wikipedia (2010a). Novi Sad. , (July 25, 2010).
14. Wikipedia (2010b). Urban agriculture. , (July 15, 2010).
How to Cite
EL BILALI, Hamid; PANIN, Biljana; BERJAN, Siniša. Land use policies and extension approaches for developing urban horticulture in Novi Sad. Economics of Agriculture, [S.l.], v. 57, n. Spec.num.2, p. 494-499, dec. 2010. ISSN 2334-8453. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 sep. 2020.