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Rwanda, Africa: Crops Added to City Master Plan, 40,000 Take to Urban Farming

Kigali City Centre from the Genocide Memorial. At the bottom of the valley between them one finds rice paddies and small workshops. Photo by Brayo.

The master plan of the city envisages farming spaces where each residential plot must allocate at least 20% of the surface to farming activities.

By Eric Didier Karinganire
All Africa
25 Dec. 2012


Two years ago, Valerie Mukabaramba turned to growing crops in a marshland in her neighborhood of Gisozi in Kigali City’s Gasabo district. She had been a hawker around the city for several years but life became increasingly tough for this mother of four.

She now grows sweet potatoes, maize and vegetables as the only source of food for family and income for other basic needs. “I have no other skills, yet hawking in the city is very risky. But I’m able to survive and get basic needs through farming,” she said in a recent interview.

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1940 Punch cartoon – Food gardens promoted as World War 2 begins


“So you see, dear, one ‘can’ be decorative ‘and’ useful.”

Punch Magazine

Here the artist envisions chickens grazing just beyond a hedge fence, which surrounds an ‘edible’ French formal garden.

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