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Journal Articles

Cofie, O.O., P. Drechsel, S. Agbottah, Rene van Veenhuizen. (2009). Resource recovery from urban waste: options and challenges for community based composting in sub-Saharan Africa. Desalination 248 256–261

Forkuor Gerald. and Cofie, Olufunke. (2010). Dynamics of landuse and landcover change in Freetown and its effects on urban and peri-urban agriculture – A remote sensing approach.  International Journal of Remote Sensing.(Forthcoming:

Pay Drechsel, Olufunke Cofie, Rene van Veenhuizen and Theophilus Larbi. (2008) Linking research, capacity building, and policy dialogue in support of informal irrigation in urban West Africa. Irrig. And Drain. 57: 268-278

Cofie, Olufunke. O. and Drechsel, Pay (2007). Water for Food in the Cities: The Growing Paradigm of Irrigated (Peri)-Urban Agriculture and its Struggle in Sub-Saharan Africa. African Water Journal Vol1 (1): 23-32.

Drechsel, P.; Graefe, S.; Sonou, M.; Cofie, O. O. (2006). Informal irrigation in urban West Africa: An overview. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute. 40.p. (IWMI Research Report 102 – Peer reviewed)

Cofie, O.O., Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic and P. Drechsel. (2005) The use of human waste for peri-agriculture in northern Ghana. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems: 20(2); 73–80


Book / Book Chapters

Cofie, O. Marcos Serena, and T. Larbi (2010). From rehabilitation towards development in Freetown, Sierra Leone. In: Dubbeling, Marielle, Henk de Zeeuw and René van Veenhuizen (editors). Cities, Poverty and Food; Multi-stakeholder policy formulation and planning in urban agriculture.  Pp.102-109. RUAF Foundation, Practical Action, UK.

Larbi, T and O. Cofie. (2010). Using multi-stakeholder processes to gradually institutionalize urban agriculture In Accra, Ghana. In: Dubbeling, Marielle, Henk de Zeeuw and René van Veenhuizen (editors). Cities, Poverty and Food; Multi-stakeholder policy formulation and action planning in urban agriculture.  Pg 80-87.  RUAF Foundation, Practical Action, UK

Alexandra E. V. Evans, Liqa Raschid-Sally and Olufunke Cofie. (2010). Multi-Stakeholder Processes for Managing Wastewater Use in Agriculture. In. Pay Drechsel, Chris Scott, Liqa Raschid-Sally, mark Redwood and Akica Bahri (eds). Wastewater Irrigation and Health: Assessing and Mitigating Risk in Low Income Countries. Pg.355-377. Earthscan. London

Hope, Lesley; Cofie, Olufunke; Keraita, Bernard; Drechsel, Pay. 2009. Gender and urban agriculture: the case of Accra, Ghana. In Hovorka, A.; de Zeeuw, H.; Njenga, M. (Eds). Women feeding cities: mainstreaming gender in urban agriculture and food security. Warwickshire, UK: Practical Action Publishing. pp.65-78.

Drechsel, P and Cofie, O. 2008. Sustainability and Resilience of the Urban Agricultural Phenomenon in Africa. In. D Bossio, and K Geheb (Eds) Conserving Land, Protecting Water Comprehensive Assessment of Water in Agriculture Series: Vol 6: 120 – 128. CAB International Wallingford, UK

Thomas Winnebah and Olufunke Cofie, 2007. Urban Farms After A War. In State of the World,.Our Urban Planet, p 64-65.Worldwatch Institute

Cofie Olufunke, Adam-Bradford, A. and Drechsel, Pay (2006) Recycling of Urban Organic Waste for Urban Agriculture in Rene van Veenhuizen (ed) Cities Farming For the Future: Urban Agriculture for Green and Productive cities. Pg 207 – 240

Vázquez, R., Cofie, O.O., Drechsel, P. and I.F. Mensa-Bonsu, 2002. Linking urban agriculture with urban management: A challenge for policy makers and planners. In: C.A. Brebbia et al. (eds.): The Sustainable City II. Urban Regeneration and Sustainability, WIT Press, 925- 934

Cofie, O.O. 2002. A nutrition cycle in Kumasi –Ghana case study. In Sustainable Urbanization, Bridging the green and brown agendas. Publication of Development Planning Unit, University of London p. 60-61.

Emmanuel Obuobie, Bernard Keraita, George Danso, Philip Amoah, Olufunke O. Cofie, Liqa Raschid-Sally and Pay Drechsel (2006). Irrigated Urban Vegetable Production in Ghana. IWMI-RUAF-CPWF, Accra, Ghana: IWMI, 150 pp.


Published Conference Proceedings

Cofie, O.O., P. Drechsel, S. Agbottah, Rene van Veenhuizen. 2008. Resource recovery from urban waste: options and challenges for community based composting in sub-saharan africa. In: Richards B.S and Schafer, A.I. (eds). Water and Sanitation in International Development and Disaster Relief. Proceedings of International Workshop Edinburgh, Scotland, (UK), 28-30 May 2008. 290 – 296

Cofie Olufunke, Theophilus O. Larbi, George Danso, Ernest Abraham, S.K. Kufogbe , and Nelson Obiri-Opareh (2008). Urban Agriculture in Accra Metropolis: Dimensions and Implications for Urban Development. In: Parrot L. (ed.), Njoya A. (ed.), Temple L. (ed.), Assogba-Komlan F. (ed.), Kahane R. (ed.), Ba Diao M. (ed.), Havard M. (ed.). Agricultures et développement urbain en Afrique subsaharienne. Gouvernance et approvisionnement des villes. Paris : L’Harmattan, p. 115 – 126

Cofie, O., E.M. Abraham, A.O. Olaleye, and T. Larbi (2008). Recycling human excreta for urban and peri-urban agriculture in Ghana. In: Parrot L. (ed.), Njoya A. (ed.), Temple L. (ed.), Assogba-Komlan F. (ed.), Kahane R. (ed.), Ba Diao M. (ed.), Havard M. (ed.). Agricultures et développement urbain en Afrique subsaharienne. Environnement et enjeux sanitaires. Paris : L’Harmattan, p.191 – 200

Cofie, O. 2005. Irrigated urban agriculture in Ghana and Togo. In. Sonou S., Sanni, D and Barry, B (eds) Consultation d’Experts sur la Petite Irrigation en Afrique Sub-Saharienne. Africa. 10-13 November, 2003. Ouagadougou 246-250

Cofie, O., Ernest Abraham, G. Danso and P. Drechsel, (2005) Past, Present and Future Scenarios of Urban Agriculture in West Africa. Proceedings of Regional Strategic Workshop on Urban Agriculture in West Africa, Banjul, Gambia

Cofie, O., Drechsel, P., Obuobie, E. Danso, G and B. Keraita (2003) Environmental Sanitation and Urban agriculture in Ghana. In Harvey, P. (ed) Towards the Millenium Development Goals: Actions for Water and Environmental Sanitation. Proceedings of the 29th WEDC conference. Abuja, Nigeria. 9-12

Papers Presented

Cofie, Olufunke. Emerging Issues in Urban Agricultural Development. Invited keynote Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Southwest Zonal Research-Extension-Farmer-Input-Linkage Systems (REFILS) Workshop, 23-27th Feb. 2009, Moor Plantation, Ibadan

Olajide-Taiwo  L.O., O. Cofie, M.O. Odeleye, F.B. Olajide-Taiwo, Y. Olufunmi, O.S. Adebayo, and O.O. Alabi 2009. Effect of capacity building on production of safe and profitable leafy vegetables among farmers in Ibadan city of Nigeria. Poster presentation at the All Africa Horticultultural congress, 31st August – 3rd September 2009, Nairobi, Kenya

Cofie, Olufunke. 2009. Soil improvement through productive sanitation system (2009). Keynote address at the SuSanA side meeting on Linkages between Sanitation and Food Security during the African Water Week 7-15 Nov 2009. Johannesburg, South Africa

Cofie Olufunke. 2009. Urban Agriculture in Ghana: Family Farming and Accra Food Systems. Invited presentation at the 25th Anniversary of ILEIA. 15 Dec. 2009. The Hague, The Netherlands

Cofie O. and Drechsel P. 2008. The Water – Sanitation – Agriculture Nexus. Paper presented at the workshop on Local Governance and Water & Sanitation Services: Challenges and Lessons in Rapidly Urbanizing Countries. University of Ghana. July 3 2008. 11pp

Olufunke Cofie and Pay Drechsel. 2007. Developments in municipal waste recycling for improved agricultural productivity within the urban– rural continuum in Africa. Presented at the 4th International Conference of the African Soil Science Society Accra, Ghana

Cofie, O. 2004. Potential for recycling liquid and solid waste in urban agriculture: case of Ghana. Abstract and presentation at the IWMI/SANDEC/KMA/KNUST Workshop on Co-composting of Solid and Liquid Waste for Agriculture, January 2004, Kumasi, Ghana

Cofie, O. O, van Veenhuizen, R. and Drechsel, P. 2003. Contribution of urban and peri-urban agriculture to food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Paper presented at the Africa session of 3rd WWF, Kyoto, 17th March 2003. 16pp

Cofie, O., Pay Drechsel, and Henk De Zeeuw. 2003. Improving Agricultural Productivity in the Rural-Urban Interface through Recycling of Urban Waste. Abstract and presentation at the SCOPE Workshop on the Peri-Urban Environmental Change and Urban Waste Management, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Dec. 2003, Abuja, Nigeria.

Gellermann, j. O.O. Cofie, p. Drechsel and L. Gyiele. (2002). Rural-urban food flows and urban food supply in Ghana. Paper presented at the Regional workshop on Urban Policy Implications of Enhancing Food Security in African Cities organized by UNn Habitat, FAO, IDRC and SIUPA. (Nairobi, 27th-31st May, 2002).

Cofie, O.O., Drechsel, P.. Amoah, P. Danso, G and Gyiele, L. (2001). Improving rural-urban nutrient flows through urban and peri-urban agriculture. In: Rural-Urban Encounters: Managing the Environment of the Peri-urban Interface, Development Planning Unit, University College London, International Conference Paper, November 2001 (

Drechsel, P., O. Cofie, R. Vázquez and G. Danso (2001) Technology development for municipal organic waste recycling for urban and peri-urban agriculture – A multidisciplinary stakeholder and situation analysis. Paper presented at the RUAF Methodological UPA Workshop in Nairobi, October 2001.


Monographs (Magazines, Newsletters, Handbooks, Posters, etc.)

Olufunke Cofie and René van Veenhuizen, 2008. Sustainable Use of Water in Urban Agriculture. Editorial, Urban Agriculiture Magazine No 20: 3-6

Olufunke Cofie and Esi Awuah 2008. Technology and Institutional Innovation on Irrigated Urban Agriculture in Accra, Ghana. UAM 20: 14-16

Isaac Asare, Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic and Olufunke Cofie (2003) Faecal Sludge Application for Agriculture in Tamale. Urban Agriculture Magazine 10:32-33


Project Reports

Adeoti A. Cofie O. O., and Oladele I. 2009. Gender Analysis of The Impact Of Urban Agriculture On   Livelihoods In West Africa. IWMI-RUAF Project Report.45p.

Schuetz T. and O. Cofie 2008. Application of Outcome Mapping to Multi-stakeholder Policy Formulation Process for the Cities Farming for theFuture Programme in Anglophone West Africa. IWMI-RUAF Project Report. 40p

Cofie, O.,  G. Danso, T. Larbi, S.K Kufogbe, N. Obiri-opareh, E. Abraham, T. Schuetz, and Forkuor G. (2008).  Livelihood Support Potentials and Policy Issues for Urban Agriculture in Accra, Ghana. 58pp

Cofie, O. (ed) 2007. Exploratory study Report on Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Ibadan, Nigeria. Project Report. 154pg

Cofie, O. and Larbi,T (ed). 2007 Exploratory study Report on Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Project Report. 242p



Emerging Issues in Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in West Africa- Briefing Note

Emerging Issues in Urban Agriculture Development in West Africa

Policy narrative – Urban Agriculture in Freetown:Status,Opportunities and Challenges

Policy narrative – Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture in Ibadan:Characteristics, Challenges and Prospects

Policy brief – Managing waste water more effectively

Urban Agriculture moves into the mainstream

Strategic Innovations in UA in Accra

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