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Institutional responses to decentralization, urban poverty, food shortages and urban agriculture – South Africa and Zambia

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Ma Chaba and Ma Phillipina is two of six elders who started this garden next to the Phillipi Municipal building, Cape Town. They receive training and ongoing support from Abalimi, and regularly supply the Harvest of Hope box scheme with fresh organic veggies. Photo by konsciousimages. Larger image here.

Determining the features of urban agriculture, the current poverty response policies that are in place in the Southern African countries of South Africa and Zambia

By Nel, E.; Hampwaye, G.; Thornton, A.; Rogerson, C.M and Marais, L.
Global Development Network (GDN) Working Paper Series
2009, Africa

Urban agriculture (UA) has not always received adequate recognition in respect of institutional acceptance. In addition, institutional acceptance has often not been followed by proactive policy approaches. At the same time, decentralization in both South Africa and Zambia has resulted in a larger degree of local decision-making powers. This report evaluates said responses from eight case studies (four from Zambia and South Africa each) against the existing literature and policy frameworks.

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December 8, 2009   Comments Off on Institutional responses to decentralization, urban poverty, food shortages and urban agriculture – South Africa and Zambia

Agroecology/ Urban Farming Certificate/ Degree at Merritt College

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The Urban Farming and Agro Ecology program

The Urban Farming and Agro Ecology program provides practical hands-on training for urban and sustainable farming methods, and nursery and food production. Production of an organic and local sustainable food supply is the fastest growing sector of students for work in urban gardens, community-supported agriculture, food systems distribution, native plant growing, or management of food gardens. Most courses are offered at the Environmental Center Self Reliant House or the Landscape Horticulture facilities on campus.

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December 8, 2009   Comments Off on Agroecology/ Urban Farming Certificate/ Degree at Merritt College