Changing attitudes is no doubt turning out to be a crucial factor in bringing about more sustainable urban policies in the North and the South. Worldwide, most UA still remains largely unrecognized, unassisted, or discriminated against, if not outlawed or harassed, even in years of food shortage. However, several governments are creating agencies to manage UA and some governmental and other organizations are actively encouraging the activity. Between 1975 and 1985, governments in at least 22 countries (10 in Asia, 6 in Africa, and 6 in Latin America) were supporting UA initiatives related to the provision of land and other production inputs, technical assistance, home food production and distribution, tree crops and small-animal husbandry, food-import alternatives, nutrition, and food distribution, storage, and preservation (Wade 1987: 38 41).
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