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South Africa: Western Cape Government Strategic Framework for Household Food and Nutrition Security

The Framework adopts a food systems approach to analysing, interpreting and responding to the features of the wider food system that create and contribute to food insecurity.

By Sibonile Khoza, Tristan Görgens and Shakira Maharaj, Professor Julian May, Darryn Durno and more.
Western Cape Government
Sept 2016

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3.3.2 Urban agriculture and subsistence

Although most analysts agree that the direct contribution of urban agriculture to food security is small, support for this activity remains part of the policy toolkit41. Recent research has demonstrated that the viability of community development through urban agriculture extends beyond viewing the benefits in narrow economic terms. Applying a sustainable livelihood framework to urban agriculture in Cape Town has shown that increasing the resilience of livelihoods does not depend only on financial capital, but human, social, physical and economic capital as well. As is found in research throughout Africa, as well as in South Africa, the majority of the cultivators are middle-aged and older women who are household heads. Four types of urban agriculture occur in Cape Town, namely home cultivation, group cultivation, institutional cultivation and non-profit garden centres.

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Representative Kaptur’s gift for the urban agriculture community – on December 8, 2016 Rep. Kaptur introduced H.R.6481, the Urban Agriculture Production Act of 2016.


Ohio City Farm. Photo credit: Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition.

The Urban Agriculture Production Act seeks to improve outreach and assistance to current and prospective urban agriculture practitioners by establishing a new Urban Farmers and Ranchers group within USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach.

National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition
Dec 19, 2016

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The Urban Farmers and Ranchers Group would be tasked with improving Department coordination, related outreach efforts and administering a new competitive grants program called the Urban Agriculture Outreach Program. The outreach program is designed to support infrastructure development, land acquisition and conservation, education and training and other similar urban agriculture activities.

Rep. Kaptur’s bill would also establish a new Urban Agriculture Research Initiative, which would provide $20 million a year in mandatory funding for competitive research grants for scientific and community-based research that promotes and enhances agricultural production in urban areas.

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Transforming vacant buildings to urban farms—how one D.C. start-up leads the way

On average, Locals yields 3,458 pounds (1,568.5 kilograms) per month, composed primarily of micro greens, edible flowers, and herbs in addition to a small scale research and development project work shopping mini vegetables and organic feed crops.

By Mackenzie Marcotte
Food Tank
Dec 10, 2016

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For Nadia Robinson of D.C.-based Locals Grow Smart, erasing food deserts means transforming the community that raised her. Growing up in Washington, D.C.’s Northeast side, Robinson spent hours in the kitchen and garden with her mother and grandmother, who grew up on a farm. While fresh meals were readily available at her home, she noticed her neighbors struggled with nutrition education and access to fresh produce, often settling for highly processed options. District-level food justice efforts commissioned by First Lady Michelle Obama target the neighborhood, but Robinson sensed a void—her community needed a multi-functional pillar to address more than nutrition.

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