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

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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

Excerpt:

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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July 15, 2014   No Comments

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

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Colour presentation

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

Contents:

•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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July 4, 2014   Comments Off

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

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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

Excerpt:

‘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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July 2, 2014   Comments Off

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

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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

Excerpt:

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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June 29, 2014   Comments Off

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.

June 10, 2014   Comments Off

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

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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

Excerpt:

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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June 7, 2014   Comments Off

South Africa: Youths Farm in the City Bowl

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“It is high time young people acknowledge farming is as important as becoming a lawyer or a medical doctor, because we need to be aware of what we eat and how to sustain it.”

By Tariro Washinyira
All Africa
27 May 2014

Excerpt:

Mzukisi Zele said, “When I was growing up there were always gardens and food to eat. Today’s youth only care about white collar jobs. They should be educated on the benefits of organic farming.

“Before I joined Tyisanabanye I was doing landscaping. I love gardening. Since I joined Tyisanabanye my knowledge and skills have improved.”

Different types of vegetables are grown on the land which is owned by the Department of Defence. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.

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June 4, 2014   Comments Off

Grasscutter rearing in Accra, Ghana: a novel way to ensure food security in the inner city

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A Grasscutter.

Grasscutter farming has become a thriving business from merely a hobby for many in Accra, capital city of Ghana

By Dr.Mohemmed Habibur Rahman, Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
At present: School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Consumer Science, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. P.O.Box: LG 586, Legon

Excerpt:

The grasscutter (Thryonomys swinderianus) is one of the very few wild animal species who has not only been domesticated but used for the benefit of the mankind. West Africa is regarded as the home of Grasscutter and for the last couple of decades has been the source of employment, income and bush meat in Ghana. Grasscutter is variously known as the marsh cane-rat , ground hog and in francophone West Africa, the aulacode or incorrectly, the agouti is a rodent but not a rat proper, since it belongs to the Hystricomorpha (porcupine family). In “Ga” language they are called Kpin (pin) and also locally known as Akrante.

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May 20, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Agriculture in South Africa: A Study of the Eastern Cape Province

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By Alexander Counihan Thornton
The Edwin Mellen Press
2012

This volume includes quantitative and qualitative analysis of urban farming in relation to agricultural production and public policy in South Africa. Thornton shows the complexity of the issue as it relates to rampant unemployment and how it can quell certain social problems like a lack of food. Urban farming should, theoretically, be prolific in developing countries experiencing problems associated with modernization which creates food security issues.

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May 14, 2014   Comments Off

Does Urban Agriculture Contribute to Household Food Security in Southern African Cities?

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Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF). Photo by Julian Raxworthy.

Growing Out of Poverty

By Bruce Frayne, Cameron McCordic, Helena Shilomboleni
Urban Forum (Issue on Africa’s Urban Food Deserts)
June 2014, Volume 25, Issue 2,
pp 177-189

Abstract:
The literature on urban agriculture (UA) as a food security and poverty alleviation strategy is bifurcating into two distinct positions. The first is that UA is a viable and effective pro-poor development strategy, and the second is that UA has demonstrated limited positive outcomes on either food security or poverty. These two positions are tested against data generated by the African Urban Food Security Network’s (AFSUN) baseline food security survey undertaken in 11 Southern African cities.

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May 9, 2014   Comments Off

RUAF: Urban Agriculture as a Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy

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RUAF Urban Agriculture Magazine No. 27, March 2014

RUAF-Foundation (International network of Resource centres on Urban Agriculture and Food security)
March 2014

Excerpts:

This issue is prepared with support of the UN Habitat Cities and Climate Change Initiative. It reports on the joint urban agriculture programme implemented by RUAF and UN Habitat. This issue also shares findings of a CDKN funded innovation project on monitoring urban agriculture impacts on climate change.

Cities and climate change are virtually inseparable. Cities are major contributors to Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and thus climate change.

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April 18, 2014   Comments Off

In Uganda, Dr. Jolly Kabirizi has converted a small piece of land into a gold mine

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Nutrition blocks help cows produce more milk. “I always make sure I offer the animals the best feeds in terms of quality and quantity,” Kabirizi says.

“Many people do not believe they can effectively rear five cows under zero grazing, feeding them on specially prepared grass.”

By Joshua Kato
New Vision
Mar 26, 2014

Excerpt:

It is difficult to believe there is a profi table agricultural enterprise inside this enclosed homestead in Seguku. The farm is located in an urban setting on less than 20 decimals of land. The same space is also occupied by nine houses, most of them for rent. Many people in urban areas have this kind of space, but regard it as useless. Not so for Dr. Jolly Kabirizi who has converted a small piece of land into a gold mine.

There are currently five cows at the backyard farm, all Friesians for milk production. Initially, Kabirizi was rearing over 20 goats. “I would have taken my cows to the village where I have bigger land. However, I wanted to live with and monitor their development,” she says.

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April 2, 2014   Comments Off

Backyard gardening initiative in Mariental, Namibia, Africa

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Hardap Regional Governor Katrina Hanse-Himarwa. Mariental is a city of 10,000 inhabitants in south-central Namibia.

“A hungry man is a sick man. A hungry man is an angry man.”

By Hoandi !Gaeb
New Era
2014

Excerpts;

More than a hundred residents of Mariental assembled at the Aimablaagte community hall on Sunday to register for participation in a backyard gardening initiative proposed by Hardap Regional Governor Katrina Hanse-Himarwa.

The residents, who will be the first to receive assistance from the government in the form of seeds and other requisite inputs for successful backyard gardening, were informed that most of the preparatory work for the gardening project should be in place before the end of May, when the official launch is envisaged to take place.

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March 26, 2014   Comments Off

‘Urban Gardens for Survival’ in Harare, Zimbabwe

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A mother picking vegetables in a successful garden.

A small Scottish based charity, ROKPA UK has helped support small scale local gardening projects for disadvantaged households in Harare over the past 20 years.

By Mary Gillies
ROKPA
2014

Just as gardeners in Canada are growing their seedlings and preparing for the summer months, food insecurity in much of Zimbabwe is reaching crisis proportion. With current unemployment levels at 78% most families cannot afford the increasingly expensive cost of foodstuffs which now have to be imported, given the failure of many farms in Zimbabwe.

A small Scottish based charity, ROKPA UK has helped support small scale local gardening projects for disadvantaged households in Harare over the past 20 years. Presently 13 such successful ‘allotment’ garden projects have been established in the suburbs of Harare, each supporting on average 25 households. The vegetables from these gardens are often the only food these families survive on throughout the year. Any surplus produce is sold at the local markets to cover other basic necessities.

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March 11, 2014   Comments Off

Student Farmers in Liberia Get Back to the Soil and Into the Classroom

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Students in the Back-to-School Garden initiative in Grand Bassa county, Liberia.

Due to the success of the Back-to-School Garden initiative in Grand Bassa county, FED and partners will expand the program’s reach to five more counties in 2014: Margibi, Montserrado, Nimba, Bong, and Lofa.

By Nicholas Parkinson
Good Food World
February 21st, 2014

Excerpt:

There was a time before Liberia’s civil wars when agriculture was an integral part of the education system. All the way back to 1960, the Liberian Ministry of Education and Ministry of Agriculture—with US government financial aid—partnered with US Peace Corps volunteers and created the country’s first 4-H Club in Maryland county, southeast Liberia.

Thirty years later, there were some 27,000 4-H Club members in 1,950 clubs and nearly as many gardens. Then the country erupted in civil strife.

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February 26, 2014   Comments Off