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Farming Livestock in African Slums

Livestock in the Slum: A visit to an urban farm in Kenya

By Anders Kelto
PRI’s The World
Jan. 28, 2013
Anders Kelto is The World’s Africa Correspondent. He is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and reports on health and development issues. Prior to joining The World, he worked with NPR, the CBC, and National Geographic.

Excerpt:

Kahawa Soweto is a slum on the northeast edge of Nairobi, Kenya. Children chase each other down a narrow dirt road, passing women with water jugs.

It’s a densely packed area, and it’s not just people that live here.

“We have [chickens] here,” says Regina Wangari as she opens the door to a shack that she recently converted into a coop. “Outside we have almost 20 of them – here in the ghetto.”

Wangari lets the chickens roam freely around the slum, nibbling on bits of garbage and grass.

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January 30, 2013   Comments Off

Ensuring that urban farmers and food entrepreneurs get support

daniellDanielle Nierenberg, Food Tank co-founder, researching urban agriculture.

Why it’s important for the funding and donor communities and policy-makers to invest in urban agriculture

By Danielle Nierenberg
Co-Founder, Food Tank
January, 2013
For the 2013 Urban Agriculture Summit, Linköping, Sweden

More than half of all people in the world live in cities. By 2050, 80 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas, according to the United Nations. And today, at least 800 million people worldwide participate in some form of urban food production. Finding better ways for farmers and food entrepreneurs to grow food, raise livestock, and process and manufacture food in cities is more important than ever before.

And there are hundreds of initiatives around the world helping urban farmers, businesses, and consumers, find ways to grow, sell, and process food in cities.

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January 30, 2013   1 Comment