Dar es Salaam – Tanzania’s food gardening network boosts urban farming
Urban farming is a fast growing activity in Tanzanian towns
By Prosper Makene
29th August 2012
“Urban farmers in Tanzania who engage in cultivation of crops within the urban areas must take measures to ensure that it does not cause environmental degradation,” Prof. Alphonce Kyessy of Ardhi University said at a seminar for urban farmers in Dar es Salaam recently.
He said that farmers in urban areas have to ensure that the use of chemicals and fertilisers does not cause pollution of ground water sources or surface water sources including dams, rivers, wells, aquifers or any other water source or damage to soils, grass, trees, plants or any other vegetative cover.
“No cultivation on or close to ecologically sensitive areas including the banks of any naturally defined stream or river, wetland, aquifer or any natural watercourse is undertaken,” he said.
The Prof says that urban farming contributes to urban food security and nutrition, attracts employment – both men and women, supplements food and income – especially the low income households, utilises idle resources – land, labour, waste, beautify the environment, creates an aesthetic environment and also enhances municipal tax base if formalised.
He also pointed out that Urban Agriculture exists in most urban areas in the developed and developing countries, as an economic activity, it provides income and employment opportunities to the urban population, and a reliable supplementary source of food supply to urban dwellers at affordable prices. As a land use, well-planned urban agriculture creates a pleasant greenery scene.