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Urban Farming in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Has Become a Solution Following The Demise of Bulawayo Industries

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Inadequate wages and massive company closures in the City of Kings – once the country’s industrial hub – have forced residents to resort to urban farming to supplement their food stocks.

By Dumisani Nyoni
Radio VOP
Oct 3, 2016

Residents in the city on Monday returned to the fields after some little showers pounded the country’s second largest city on Sunday, hoping to take advantage of the rain season to produce food which has turned inaccessible to many.

Inadequate wages and massive company closures in the City of Kings – once the country’s industrial hub – have forced residents to resort to urban farming to supplement their food stocks.

On Monday, Bulawayo residents were busy preparing land to grow maize and sweet potatoes in little land portions on which they have grown maize for years.

Residents told RadioVOP that urban farming has become a solution following the demise of Bulawayo industries and they hope the rains will continue pounding the city.

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“Garden in the Sidewalk” Program begins in the Philippines

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To generate extra income, the excess of what the informal settlers’ families could consume will be linked up with socially-committed stores like Rustan’s to help market the vegetables.

By Ace June Rell S. Perez
Sun Star Davao
Oct 2, 2016

Excerpt:

“My attention was caught when I saw a squatter’s shanty standing on a vacant space in the sidewalk in Mandaluyong where beside it was a small garden planted with pechay, ampalaya and luyang dilaw, among other things,” he said, adding that this prompted him to meet with the officials of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), formerly the Bureau of Agricultural Extension (BAEx) and instructed them to conduct a survey of “how much vacant spaces are there in the different parts of the big cities.”

Piñol told the ATI and BPI that their technicians can teach these informal settlers, through a simple training on how to plant vegetables “in every available space, with the permission of the city governments.”

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