India is urbanising fast. Mumbai’s population alone is expected to exceed 25 million by 2015. This expansion had been branded “over-loaded and under-planned” by some critics, and the infrastructure of India’s cities is struggling to cope.
But urban development is also bringing new opportunities for farming and resource re-use. The potential to scale up urban and peri-urban farming, making use of urban waste for fertilizer, biogas and recycled water, is enormous. Such an approach would also help improve livelihood opportunities for some the poorest city dwellers. IWMI leads a consortium of partners in the area of resource recovery and re-use to find profitable ways to use waste, generate new opportunities and contribute to improvements in urban sanitation.