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Urban Agriculture and Urban Forestry in Africa Featured in FAO Publication

Farmers holding freshly harvested cassava (Manihot esculenta). Murango, Kenya Photo credit: © Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Frederic Courbet.

Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa’s Urban Food and Nutrition Equation

Nature & Faune
Enhancing natural resources management for food security in Africa Volume 28, Issue 2, 2014
Editor: Foday Bojang
Deputy Editor: Ada Ndeso-Atanga
FAO Regional Office for Africa


Message to Readers
By Bukar Tijani1

The special feature in this edition highlights the contribution of trees, shrubs and other woody plants to food and nutrition as acknowledged in the first ever ?State of the World‘s Forest Genetic Resources? report published by FAO in June 2014. Also under the Special Feature, Martin Nganje points to the fact that forests contribute directly towards food security and improved nutrition on the African continent through their non-timber forest products. Moreover, he examines how forests contribute towards food self-sufficiency in ways other than through their edible parts. Michela Conigliaro , Simone Borelli and Fabio Salbitano in turn provide some examples of how the efforts towards the protection and restoration of forests and tree cover in and around African cities can make a substantive contribution to alleviating poverty and reducing malnutrition and in ensuring a more environmentally and socio-economically sustainable urban development.

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October 23, 2014   No Comments

Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister: ‘Investing in urban agriculture is another area that needs serious consideration’

Gardening in Namibia. By Mike Knight.

“Last years drought has taught us that … our duty is to plan and shape the urban agricultural system in ways that will alleviate hunger and poverty …”

By Mandisa Rasmeni
The Economist
17 October 2014


Organisation in order to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming,” said Hausiku.
Hon. Hausiku added that the commemoration of the World Food Day is one of many actions that can be taken at a political and technical level in creating awareness among urban dwellers on the impact of food waste. He also added that it creates a platform to sensitize the nation on the importance of food banks and other initiatives which promote food security in the country.

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October 22, 2014   No Comments

Nourrir Les Villes, Défi de L’agriculture Familiale


Des innovations locales et paysannes en Afrique de l’Ouest

By Isabelle Duquesne – responsable programme Agriculture et Alimentation, CFSI and
Hélène Basquin – chargée d’information Agriculture et Alimentation, CFSI
CFSI and Fondation de France
Oct 2014

Nourrir les villes par l’agriculture familiale locale : c’est le but commun à 110 actions concrètes engagées depuis 2010 en Afrique de l’Ouest. Ce sont plusieurs milliers d’hommes et de femmes, leurs organisations et leurs partenaires (ONG françaises, européennes et africaines) qui ont relevé le triple défi d’aujourd’hui et de demain : nourrir leurs familles et les populations des villes ouest-africaines en pleine expansion, créer de l’emploi en milieu rural et gérer de façon respectueuse les ressources naturelles.

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A Farm Garden in South Africa – ‘Baboons in abundance!’

No the snake is not real. It is one of the toy rubber snakes that we use to keep the baboons away.

Our primary concern is to ensure that our farm staff have access to fresh vegetables. I have tried to introduce “African Leafy Vegetables” (ALV’s) and locally known as morogo or imifino. The ALV’s most popular in African cooking are Amaranth, Cowpeas (Vigna), Cleome, Chinese Cabbage (Brassica Rapa), Nightshade, Solanum nigrum, Jew’s Mallow (Corchorus), and the leaves and flowers of pumpkins and melons.

By Anne Armstrong
Special to City Farmer News
Haut Espoir Winery
South Africa
Oct 3, 2014

Here is my story about the trials and successes of our farm garden. In 2000, we started our vineyard on steep slopes in Franschhoek, which is approximately one hour’s drive from Cape Town. Our first task was to cut down all the alien invasive trees on the farm, and I have strong memories of Jack the Staffie perched on a fallen log, barking madly to claim his territory and warn off the pesky Familiar Chats and Sunbirds. Jack’s “territory” was an area of sloping land, and we were never quite sure what to do with it. Orchard? Labyrinth? Another house?

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Make urban agriculture attractive says ‘Best’ farmer in Ghana

From Left to Right: 2012 Best Farmer, Lemuel Kwashie Martey, Hon. Namoale, President John Mahama, and Hon. Kwesi Ahwoi.

Urban agriculture contributed about 30 per cent of the food consumed in the country

Via Ghana Web
Sept 23, 2014

Mr. Lemuel Kwashie Martey, the 2012 National Best Farmer and owner of Mannah Farms Limited in the Greater Accra Region, has appealed to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to make urban agriculture attractive.

According to him, urban agriculture contributed about 30 per cent of the food consumed in the country, therefore, it needed to be supported to improve the living conditions of the farmers and also the quality of urban air.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr. Martey asked the Government not to give away all the state lands in the urban areas for real estate development but earmark certain areas for food cultivation.

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Irrigated Urban Vegetable Production In Ghana:


Characteristics, Benefits And Risk Mitigation

Edited by Pay Drechsel and Bernard Keraita
Second Edition
September 2014

The second edition of this book presents updated research findings on urban and peri-urban agriculture and vegetable farming in Ghana’s major cities with a special focus on the risks and risk mitigation related to the use of polluted water sources as it is common across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Foreword to the Second Edition

Over the last 10 years, the International Water Management Institute’s research in Ghana has had a major thrust in urban agriculture in general and (wastewater) irrigated vegetable farming in particular. The first edition of this book was published in 2006 under the title Irrigated Urban Vegetable Production in Ghana: Characteristics, Benefits and Risks –demand was high and it eventually ran out of print but the research resulted in many new studies that have improved our knowledge of the subject.

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FAO publication – Manual ‘A vegetable garden for all’


Graphical interface makes an easy read for all

2014 FAO 5th Edition
260 pages
(Must See. Mike)

A Vegetable Garden for All is a self-instruction manual in family horticultural production, prepared originally by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, in support of the Technical Cooperation Network for Food Production.

The objective of this manual is to present a technology suitable for family horticultural production and consumption. It is a manual for small-scale farmers, school teachers, children, and urban and peri-urban families with access to small plots of land. Better nutrition and better incomes can be achieved through families working in horticultural production.

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Tyisa Nabanye – Urban Farm in Cape Town, South Africa


Various project undertakings include an organic vegetable garden, an indigenous nursery, a monthly market

By Catherine Nicks
Project Manager
August 2014

We are a non-profit urban agriculture organisation growing food on the slopes of Signal Hill in Cape Town, South Africa, seeking to improve food security, promote sustainable livelihoods and create employment for our members. Tyisa Nabanye, consisting of eight members; Mzu, Lumko, Unathi, Chuma, Lizza, Vuyo, Masi and myself, started a permaculture vegetable garden created out of the voluntary labour or youth living on the site, among whom are two graduates of the Permaculture Design Course at Seed in Mitchell’s Plain.

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City of Windhoek, the Capital of Namibia, to turn riverbeds into gardens

Windhoek Mayor Agnes Mpingana Kafula.

“We have that potential to create green riverbeds where people can put up gardens and harvest vegetables for their consumption and selling purposes.”

By Albertina Nakale
The Era
July 23, 2014


In an attempt to tackle food insecurity within its boundaries, Windhoek plans to turn the many scattered riverbeds where criminals often hide into gardens to produce food for the needy.

Produce from such gardens will be availed to the city’s poor who find themselves at the receiving end of starvation.

The informal settlement population in Windhoek is growing at the rate of between 4 and 5 percent per year. The majority of this population are poor.

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How Kampalans are turning urban agriculture into a source of income and good nutrition – Uganda

The View of 50x 30 ft Camp Green from the entrance.

Dr. Micheal Kirya, the manager for Agriculture and Agri-business at KCCA, says operations like Kanyike’s make good sense in urban settings.

By Flavia Nassaka
The Independent
13 July 2014


She started out by planting a few vegetables in flower vases on her veranda until she realized that anything can be turned into a garden. She started planting vegetables in polythene bags, sacks, used car tyres, jerrycans and anything that came her way. She even ventured into chicken rearing on her 50 by 30 ft plot of land. With time, the produce increased and she could no longer consume all of it.

“I started selling some vegetables like spinach, peppermint and stinking rose to my neighbors. Little did I know that my entrepreneurial gardening endeavor would also help support my children’s education and health,” she said with a contented smile.

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Nairobi, Kenya – Transforming Local Government For Agriculture in a Megacity

nairobiSlide from the presentation.

Colour presentation

By Diana Lee-Smith
Associate, Mazingira Institute
P O Box 14186 Nairobi 00800, Kenya
May 28, 2014


•How urban agriculture helps food security
•Nairobi’s food system inequalities
•Small food businesses
•Drivers of transformation: the policy process
•Realizing the Right to Food through spatial planning and small agribusiness promotion

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Cape Town’s Company’s Garden, begun in 1652, turns urban farm

The vegetable garden in the Company’s Garden.

It takes its name from the Dutch East India Company who first started the garden in 1652 for the victualing of their ships that plied the spice trade route between Europe and the East Indies, via The Cape of Good Hope.

IOL Property
June 24, 2014


‘This garden will showcase the historical origins of the Company’s Garden as a food-producing garden which supplied produce to the ships and sailors who travelled the spice trade route from the East Indies.

‘It will be an important means of educating people about urban agriculture, as well as the medicinal properties of herbs and vegetables.’

For garden manager Rory Phelan, promoting urban agriculture is the most important function of the project.

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Johannesburg lecturers are trying to open doors for urban agriculture in Soweto, South Africa


Campbell said the city of Johannesburg is in the process of implementing an urban agriculture policy as part of a larger food security initiative.

By Peter Ramothwala
The New Age
June 29, 2014


Johannesburg academics are in the process of initiating an ambitious urban farming project.

Two University of Johannesburg lecturers have embarked on a multi-stakeholder engagement project that aims to create opportunities for urban agriculture – in a sustainable food system for Soweto.

The project, titled Izindaba Zokudla (Conversations about Food) is part of the university’s Design Society Development within the faculty of art, design and architecture.

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Urban Farming in Huruma Town in Nairobi

April, 2014

Youth have transformed a dump site to a productive venture of growing food crops & rearing indigenous chicken, guinea fowls & are now generating income.

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“Urban farming will be the food of the future” – CEO of the Cape Town, South Africa Partnership


Mahatma Gandhi says, “To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget our selves.”

By Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana
Cape Times
28 May 2014


One of the most significant things that I have my rural roots to thank for is the habit of growing my own food. I learned it from an early age and I am still very much a ‘farmer’ at heart. My dad had three huge productive gardens – one for cultivating fruit trees and cattle feed, another for wheat and mielies, and a third for vegetables. As kids, our after-school chores included helping with watering, pest control and harvesting. Our reward? We enjoyed the fruits of our labour, together with an empowering sense of self-reliance.

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