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Zimbabwe: Climate Change Changes Face of Urban Agriculture

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Research has shown that trees can help us to adapt to a changing climate and combat drought by influencing rainfall patterns and helping to retain the water received.

By Chipo Masara
All Africa
Nov 13, 2016

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Rain is something that Zimbabweans very much look forward to. For years, many have looked up to their rain-fed agricultural projects to bring them food relief in the face of gnawing hunger that has resulted from the country’s economic collapse. The unpredictable pattern that now characterises the rainy seasons, however, has lately been rendering people’s effort useless.

Urban agriculture is part of Zimbabwe’s urban landscape and in Harare; frantic efforts by the city council to put an end to it came to naught — to the extent of the authorities seemingly throwing in the towel. It would seem they finally realised how unreasonable their push was to destroy an activity that brought food relief for many food-insecure urban households, most of who have been left to scrap for a living after their breadwinners lost jobs following either company closures or retrenchments.

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Ottawa’s National Capital Commission (NCC) renting out plots to urban farmers

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The National Capital Commission (NCC) has started renting out properties in Ottawa’s Greenbelt to prospective farmers and is hosting a panel on the emerging importance of sustainable urban agriculture.

By Cassandra Wood
iPolitcs
Nov 13, 2016

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The NCC rents out 30 per cent of Ottawa’s Greenbelt to local farmers, said Talbot. The agency controls about 5,000 acres of farmland, equivalent to 40 per cent of the rural lands in the City of Ottawa, which stretches from just outside the town of Arnprior in the west and close to the town of Rockland in the east.

“Since worldwide population is increasing, more people are moving to cities. Around two-thirds of the population will live in cities by 2050,” said Talbot. “We need to farm in a different and better way to feed people in urban and rural areas.”

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