Category — Africa
It is clear that urban agriculture can have significant benefits for some participating households. But we are concerned about the absence of wider evidence supporting its potential to address food insecurity beyond those households.
By Gareth Haysom, Researcher at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town
Jane Battersby, Senior Researcher in Urban Food Security and Food Systems, University of Cape Town
April 15, 2016
Proponents of urban agriculture offer figures suggesting that as many as 40% of African urban residents are involved in some form of agriculture. Such figures require far greater interrogation. In the case of Cape Town in South Africa, research conducted in low-income areas of the city in 2008 found that less than 5% of poor residents were involved in any form of urban agriculture. In reality, those most active in urban agriculture were found to be wealthier people in low-income areas.
Context is a further determining factor. Research shows that in towns where the municipal boundary extended into areas with more rural characteristics, urban agriculture was higher.
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Iron sheet farming and hanging gardens practised in Mathare and Korogocho slums are some of the urban farming techniques that are slowly adding to a raft of measures put in place to guarantee food security and nutrition in informal settlements.
By Ejidiah Wangui
Behind overlapping shanties and overcrowded streets in the slums, is a novel roof gardening project that has been feeding over 100 households while providing income to slum women struggling to make ends meet at a time when food prices especially in urban areas have been on an unprecedented highs.
The “gardens”, Wamuhu said, are mounted on top of small structures, some as small as 10 by 10 meters, which are the standard structures in the area and which accommodate on average five family members.
April 18, 2016 Comments Off on Africa: Women in Kenya’s Mathare slum turn their tin roofs into vegetable gardens
Journalists touring a Sukuma Wiki nusery bed in one of the greenhouses at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Agriculture Resource Center in Kyanja Kawempe division Kampala district. Photo by Lawrence Mulondo.
“The people, who have visited the resource centre, are already putting into practice what they learnt and their income has increased as they sell some of the produce they grow and animals they keep.”
By Lawrence Mulondo
8th April 2016
Galukande explained that urban farming will solve the unemployment problem in the city.
The centre sits on 31 acres of land with over five projects, including poultry, piggery and modernised fish ponds, vegetables including tomato, sweet pepper and sukumawiki all grown in green houses.
April 14, 2016 Comments Off on Uganda: Kampala City dwellers to be trained in urban farming
Tilapia eat algae, weeds, vegetable scraps and bugs. Mulauzi says, “My fish survive on algae. I develop algae for them using chicken manure.
By Sharon Mazingaizo
Mar 16, 2016
Alfred Mulauzi (44) walks around his garden with pride, looking over his fish pond filled with bream. Mulauzi is an urban fish farmer and keen gardener who lives in Rhodesville with his wife and three children. He completed training in fish farming to improve his livelihood whilst providing a healthy and affordable source of protein to feed his family.
Mulauzi tends to his pond, which contains over 200 tilapia, with knowledge and passion.
April 11, 2016 Comments Off on Urban fish farming makes sense in Harare, Zimbabwe
Young at Heart Foundation last weekend carried out a surprise visit to the largest nutritional garden in Bulawayo which is based on a new local ownership scheme to enhance its value to the beneficiaries.
By Chrispen Tabvura
ZDDT Field Correspondent
Mar 8, 2016
It is mostly run by widows and the disadvantaged in the community of Tshabalala and Sizinda townships.
The two visitors from Young at Heart Foundation, received a warm welcome as they were handed some fruit trees as a gesture of their welcome.
“We are pleased to be visited by you, and this year has been signalling our success. We have been receiving visitors from all over the world and, just today, you have opened our 2016 guest list with a refreshing word of entertainment. Thank you. Please come this weekend for that show.”
April 10, 2016 Comments Off on Zimbabwe: Bulawayo’s Largest Community Garden
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In development: Urban Farming – Growing Food in the City
By David Reeler, Mike Davies, Simon De Swardt
“We feel that Southern Africa has it’s own unique problems and therefore needs it’s own solutions. Southern African Development Community (SADC) has 15 member Countries with a population of 300 million (the same as the U.S.A.), half of which live in the cities. We hope to show how that growing some food yourself will lead to a healthier lifestyle.”
Excerpt from their concept sheet.
As rural to urban migration intensifies, Urban farming is becoming an important aspect of life in many cities across the world, but particularly in Southern Africa. It contributes significantly to improved nutrition, poverty alleviation, the empowerment of women, and community development.
April 7, 2016 Comments Off on A Television Series on Urban Farming for South Africa’s 15 Member Region
A number of residents in the city, especially in western suburbs, have formed cooperatives to practise irrigation/gardening using borehole water.
By Dumisani Nyoni
March 8, 2016
A recent survey by RadioVOP revealed that irrigation was now a growing trend among some communities like Tshabalala, Sizinda, Magwegwe North, Emakhandeni, Old Pumula and Nkulumane, to stave off hunger.
In the city’s eastern suburbs, the trend was common in Richmond, Mahatshula and Fig Tree.
March 14, 2016 Comments Off on Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Irrigation Schemes Helping Urban Farmers Escape Hunger
The Governor of the North Bank Region has said the establishment of community gardens as an alternative source of livelihood will help bring people together from a wide variety of backgrounds (age, race, culture, social class), and can lead to community-based efforts to deal with other social concerns.
By Yai Dibba
Feb 24, 2016
Governor Jammeh pointed out that community gardens provide a significant source of food, income, and access to nutritionally-rich foods that may otherwise be unavailable to low-income families and individuals.
He said it is an open secret that community gardeners and their families eat healthier vegetable and diets than non-gardening families, and directly involve people in processes that provide food security and alleviate hunger.
March 2, 2016 Comments Off on Africa: Community gardens in Gambia increase sense of ownership
“We have 32 orphans and we frequently give them food from the garden. The number of absentees has dropped significantly, because students know that they are going to eat at school,” she says.
By Siyavuya Khaya
Feb 16, 2016
Bangani said they grow eggplant, spinach, beetroot, pumpkin, green beans and they also have fruit trees. He says the garden is small, but they utilize the space effectively.
Luleka Primary School principal Gcobani Mthoba says the budget for their school feeding scheme is severely strained by rising food prices. The garden also creates some employment for the community.
February 24, 2016 Comments Off on South Africa: Vegetable Gardens Critical for School Feeding Scheme
Food safety authorities recently warned that Dar es Salaam residents who eat vegetables grown in the urban gardens may be exposed to health risks caused by the waste matter and industrial spills contaminating the farms’ water supply.
By Kizito Makoye
Feb 10, 2016
Shoppers buying fresh vegetables from the maze of stalls at Dar es Salaam’s Kariakoo market have no idea of the risks they are taking, but food safety officials are alarmed by the chemicals and effluent in the water used on the city’s urban farms.
Doreen Nkya always buys some spinach or amaranth on her way home because she considers them an important part of her family’s diet. “I like vegetables because they are healthy. We don’t often go without them at our dinner table,” she said.
February 14, 2016 Comments Off on Tanzanian shoppers snap up urban grown vegetables despite polluted water warnings
City and environs agriculture and livestock keeping enhance urban food security and improve well-being, income, skill and knowledge of those who practice it.
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Via Diana Lee-Smith
In Nairobi we have the Nairobi and Environs Food Security, Agriculture and Livestock Forum (NEFSALF) which is a network of small farmers in and around the city. Most farmers produce food on less than an acre (although a few have a bit more space, often made up of different plots farmed opportunistically in different places). Typically, they keep small livestock for food and sale of livestock products and grow vegetables for both consumption and sale.
January 26, 2016 Comments Off on NEFSALF: Nairobi (Kenya) and Environs Food Security, Agriculture and Livestock Forum
Antananarivo Urban Commune, Madagascar: adapting to climate change through urban farming and organic waste recovery
We would like to widely share the benefits of urban farming, especially in large cities in the South
Jan 12, 2016
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Tamara Teissedre-Philip : The project is based on a platform of development actors who incorporate urban farming into their respective action frameworks, to reduce the risk of food insecurity in the most vulnerable communities. A proposal on urban organic waste recovery is being drawn up.
What solution have you highlighted for combating climate change?
The practice of urban farming mitigates the impacts of climate change by:
lowering greenhouse gas emissions through reduced transport of foodstuffs, self-sufficiency and short supply chains;
January 16, 2016 Comments Off on Antananarivo Urban Commune, Madagascar: adapting to climate change through urban farming and organic waste recovery
A kitchen garden is an area in a homestead where leafy vegetables, fruit or herbs are grown.
By Justus Wanzala
Dec 30, 2015
“Indigenous vegetables fetch better prices compared to exotic ones like kales and cabbages because many people have learnt from experts that they are highly nutritious. It’s a pity they have been ignored by the local community,” she said.
Members of her group plant Indian spinach, jute, crotalaria, solanum, spider plant, amaranth, pumpkin leaves, and African kale. Each of their member has enough for family consumption and for sale.
January 4, 2016 Comments Off on Kenya: Kitchen Gardens Are Victory Gardens in Boosting Nutrition and Incomes in Western Kenya
Implementing The Right To Food Enshrined In Kenya’s Constitution
By Diana Lee-Smith And Davinder Lamba
Jan. 02, 2016
Forty per cent of African urban households are thought to practice urban farming, mostly to supplement their diet and save on food expenses. But many, especially urban livestock keepers, also sell part of their production, such as milk and eggs, which provide useful extra income. Fresh produce from urban agriculture also contributes to good health and nutrition. Children in urban households consuming animal source foods (ASF) are healthier, indicating urban livestock-keeping is a good thing. Around 20 per cent of Nairobi households farm in the city and seven per cent keep livestock. This adds up to 200,000 households, while thousands of cattle, sheep and goats were counted in the 2009 census.
January 2, 2016 Comments Off on Forty per cent of African urban households are thought to practice urban farming
“There are countries with climates even drier than Namibia’s, yet they are able to produce fruits and vegetables on commercial scale, which they managed to develop through research, which enabled them to successfully grow vegetables for their communities.”
Dec 17, 2015
Against the background of the pronounced water crisis, the City of Windhoek (CoW) is still pushing for backyard and community gardens around Windhoek as part of its urban agriculture strategy to alleviate poverty and mitigate hunger.
The City Council’s position has left many with more questions than answers as recently the municipality has been cautioning residents to use water sparingly, yet are advocating for more backyard gardens and transforming riverbeds into community gardens.
December 23, 2015 Comments Off on City of Windhoek, Namibia, pushes for backyard gardens amid water crisis