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Historical Evolution of Urban Agriculture Practices in Sofia and Local Context at Present

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Since 1879, when Sofia was declared the capital of Bulgaria – just liberated from Ottoman rule – urban agriculture in the city has gone through various modes of existence and functions, but has consistently been a part of city life for individuals and households. Families in the city have relied on producing food for self-sustenance during crises, which have marked the unsteady economic development and changes in the political regime. The individual and private orientation of UA in Sofia has not changed significantly and there are few UA practices addressed to solving broader urban problems at the community or city level. These practices are currently carried out by a small number of individuals and organizations, without active regulatory support from Sofia Municipality.

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    For the period before the Liberation, see Chap. 7.

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    Authors’ own calculations based on data from Recasens et al. 2016 and Yoveva et al. 2000.

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Draganova, M., Pickard, D. (2022). Historical Evolution of Urban Agriculture Practices in Sofia and Local Context at Present. In: Pickard, D. (eds) Urban Agriculture for Improving the Quality of Life. Urban Agriculture. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-94743-9_2

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