Urban Food Sovereignty: Food, Land and Democracy in Kampala (Draft paper)
The potential for urban agriculture to contribute to food sovereignty as defined by Via Campesina, with a case study set in Kampala
By Christopher Yap
Masters dissertation, supervised by Professor Yves Cabannes
Development Planning Unit, University of London
Excerpt from Conclusion:
It appears that urban agriculture is making a significant contribution to the realization of the Right to Food in low-income households in Kampala. At the Outcome level, there is a clear link between urban farming and child nutrition in low-income households. Moreover it is possible to legitimately suggest that urban agriculture is increasing physical and economic access to food at a household level through a combination of income generation activities and substance farming, although there is insufficient data to quantify the rate at which the process is happening.
However, using a wealth of anecdotal evidence, it is possible to identify the mechanisms by access to foods increasing as a result of urban food production. With regards to the Structural-level indicators, the greatest shortfalls are the legislative and institutional framework protecting the Right to Food, which are both fragmented and limited in scope. One particular area of concern is the lack of health education and regulation of potentially harmful inputs such as contaminated water.