Category — Africa
Documentary Film: Three Generations Of Women Create A Community Garden In Their South African Village
The garden, which has now been in operation for 25 years, provides fresh vegetables and opportunities for the local villagers while helping confront the ravages of poverty, climate change and AIDS.
By Dan Ebenal
Feb 25, 2017
“The garden has been vitally important to the community, especially as the effects of climate change get worse. It provides local, affordable produce that otherwise people have to travel on public transit to buy fresh vegetables,” said Vibert.
More familiar with writing about history, Vibert said her first venture into filmmaking was extremely challenging.
February 26, 2017 No Comments
Speaking from the Westside community gardens, accompanied by his daughters, he said: “Europe has taken so much out of Africa; it is our duty as Europeans and Irish people to give back.
By Our Reporter
February 19, 2017
“I think Kitchen Gardens is a genuine and excellent idea because it taps into that connection to growing food that a lot of us never have to think about at all.
“It supports people in great need in growing their own farms for the future, making them more self-sufficient and strengthening their community.
“This project gives us a sense of fulfilment that we are actually helping people to produce their own food because aid can only do so much.
February 26, 2017 No Comments
The State Minister for Agriculture, Fulgence Nsengiyumva, said at the event that there are about 450 hectares of marshlands developed for agriculture in Kigali City.
Feb 9, 2017
Dr. Athanase Mukuralinda, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Rwanda Country representative, said that cities can for instance have vegetable gardens which can contribute to their food needs.
FAO Rwanda representative Attaher Maiga said that city dwellers can also engage in fish farming, which can be done in small spaces and can help reduce food insecurity.
Rwanda’s population is growing by 2.5 percent per year.
February 15, 2017 Comments Off on Forum in Kigali, Rwanda: Growing Food In African Cities
The garden currently uses four 10,000-litres tanks for water.
By Earl Baillache
South Coast Sun
Feb 8, 2017
Zeph Mbuyisa initiated the project in Lovu Township in November by planting maize and the seven people working in the garden will reap their first harvest on about 15 February.
“We have two-and-a-half hectares we can cultivate but currently we are only using an area of 67 metres by 52 metres,” said Zeph.
“We are trying our best to alleviate poverty in the area. At the moment we have only grown maize, but we want to branch out into growing other crops and recruit stakeholders.
February 12, 2017 Comments Off on Poverty-Fighting Community Garden In South Africa
Urban Food Production in Developing Countries – An Investigation into Various Approaches Taken by Different Cultures
This thesis has revealed that there is still much potential to spread the importance of urban food production and to get people engaged in this activity, especially in developing countries.
By Keywan Kiarass Shirazi
Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol Bildungs GmbH
Master International Business Studies ’12
July 15, 2014
Besides local eating habits and religion, cultural differences were also investigated that have to be considered when applying the concept of animal husbandry from Bangladesh to foreign countries. For the adaptation to one of the three African countries, people who want to get started with this activity need to be supported by somebody who has a profound knowledge in this field. Unfortunately, according to Prof. Rahman, there is
currently a lack of veterinarians in Africa, which makes the adaptation more difficult (Prof. Rahman, 2014). However, if this constraint can be overcome, the practice of animal husbandry can be expanded. Due to the fact that people in all investigated African countries want to achieve quick results, keeping livestock may be a perfect approach. Goats can produce milk quickly which can be sold for good prices at local markets (Prof. Rahman, 2014).
February 10, 2017 Comments Off on Urban Food Production in Developing Countries – An Investigation into Various Approaches Taken by Different Cultures
“I told the boss that this was fertile land and that we should use it to grow veggies.”
By Amanda Khoza
Feb 6, 2017
A filling station worker has turned a small plot of unused land at the Engen where he works into a garden producing veggies that feed the staff and local community.
Blessing Pondani, 30, originally from Malawi and now based in Greenwood Park in Durban, started working at the Engen Riverhorse Valley Convenience Centre when the filling station opened its doors in May last year.
He started off as a general cleaner until one day when he inspected the land around the filling station.
February 10, 2017 Comments Off on Durban, South Africa: Man transforms vacant land into veggie garden to feed community
Some urban farmers who spoke to ZwNews have expressed their fears that the floods being experienced in the country at the moment could lead to serious food insecurity.
By Lovemore Lubinda
Jan 20, 2017
Kudakwashe Tagara, another Harare resident who last season had to send some of his urban farming produces to his parents in the rural areas (Mutoko) after they failed to harvest more to eat, said the floods have affected their livelihoods to a greater extent.
“The situation is compromising our ability to fend for our families; all my small fields dotted along the Mukuwisi River have been rendered a complete write-off. I won’t get anything this year, my aging parents in Mutoko depend on what I provide them,” he said.
January 31, 2017 Comments Off on Flooding impacts urban agriculture in Zimbabwe
The Government of Liberia launched its urban and peri-urban farming program in 2011 to create jobs for the urban poor and to increase food production, especially in cities.
By Judoemue Kollie
For me, realizing the skills I acquired in general agriculture from the Tumutu Agricultural Training Program, I returned to Monrovia in 2011 and began a garden project in my community in GSA Road, Paynesville, on a small plot of swamp land. On this plot of land, I plant different kinds of vegetables every year for additional income. Although I write on farming issues, my passion for agriculture is so overwhelming that I see it as a responsibility not only to write but to grow food for my family and the community.
I wake up every morning to visit my crops and do some work if needed before taking up other tasks. This year’s planting season, I am growing cabbage, collard greens, watermelons, water greens, peppers, bitter balls, eggplant and potato greens.
January 18, 2017 Comments Off on Liberia: Sharing The Economic Benefits Of Urban Agriculture
“You know, most of the farmers in Msimbazi do not use modern agricultural methods. And most of them have less than one acre.”
By Hansjürg Jäger
Jan 8, 2017
Silvano and Silvestri sit on the edge of one of her pumpkin-fields. Both seem to be resting in the shed of the palm trees, the government planted in the late 1970’s. Silvano has been a practising farmer for over ten years now. Silvestri has more than 35 years of experience in farming on the small plots of Msimbazi. He has become a mwalimu (teacher), to many of the farmers in the fields. Upon asking about how many people he has already imparted his knowledge to, he laughs. “I don’t have a count but over the years, a lot of people have come in. I was lucky enough to help,” he says.
January 16, 2017 Comments Off on Tanzania: The Many Faces of Small Scale Msimbazi Farmers
The example of Casablanca, one of the fastest growing cities in North Africa
Edited by Undine Giseke, Maria Gerster-Bentaya, Frank Helten, Matthias Kraume, Dieter Scherer, Guido Spars, Fouad Amraoui, Abdelaziz Adidi, Said Berdouz, Mohemed Chlaida, Majid Mansour, Mohamed Mdafai
This book demonstrates how agriculture can play a determining role in sustainable, climate-optimised urban development. Agriculture within urban growth centres today is more than an economic or social left-over or a niche practice. It is instead a complex system that offers multiple potentials for tomorrow’s megacities. Urban open space and agriculture can be connected to productive urban landscapes – this forms new urban-rural linkages in the urban region and helps shape the city. But in order to do this, agriculture has to be seen as an integral part of the urban fabric and it has to be put on the local agenda.
January 12, 2017 Comments Off on Book: Urban Agriculture for Growing City Regions – Connecting Urban-Rural Spheres in Casablanca
Until recently, the elite have relegated farming to the peasants mostly in rural areas, but the trend has changed as the high and mighty are now taking over farming, not just for subsistence, but for commerce.
By Ibraheem Hamza Muhammad
Dec 31 2016
Many high-ranking retired and serving government officials, military personnel, politicians, legislatures among others are into farming within cities. Some of the farms are around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and situated between Baran-Gwani village along Bwari-Jere road where they mostly engage in fish and livestock farming. The owners have staff quarters, have the place fenced, security lighting systems and (some) even have Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) that enable them monitor their farms from the comfort of their homes or even from any location around the world via internet wireless facilities.
December 31, 2016 Comments Off on Nigeria: Recession – More urban dwellers turn to farming
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
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.
December 20, 2016 Comments Off on South Africa: Western Cape Government Strategic Framework for Household Food and Nutrition Security
With this new system, urban dwellers can also practise portable garden hanging where various crops are grown in sacks. During planting, the sacks are filled with subsoil which are low in acidic content with neutral PH.
By Mercy Kahenda
Dec 8, 2016
Besides livestock stands, the Nakuru Prison attracted numerous show goers to the Nakuru Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Show.
Its main attraction: an integrated urban farming method that entails a fish pond, a vegetable garden, a poultry house and a rabbit hutch.
December 14, 2016 Comments Off on Kenya: Successful farming model tips for city dwellers with tiny spaces
We hope to be able to onboard 10,000 youth in areas that cut across agriculture and urban farming, distribution, sales/marketing, ag-tech and automation and much more.
By Yetunde Oladeindeon
December 04, 2016
Fresh Direct Nigeria is city farming using stackable container farms! We bring fresh premium organic produce closer to market with our Container Farm Technology. Using hydroponics and vertical farming within a shipping container, our Container Farms are able to grow directly in urban areas. This means that production is brought closer to market or at market with ease.
December 10, 2016 Comments Off on Nigeria: Angel Adelaja, my life as a city farmer
Here, they grow a variety of things including mint, rocket, lettuce and basil.
By Dana Da Silva
The Daily Vox
November 21, 2016
There are many benefits to having rooftop food gardens in Joburg. Ashleigh Machete is the co-founder of Jozi Food Farmer, a company that focuses on the urban cultivation of unused spaces such as rooftops, alleyways and open areas. They also provide a service to private homeowners and businesses, such as restaurants, to set up and maintain their own food gardens. Machete says that rooftop gardens can help to increase the value of city spaces.
November 27, 2016 Comments Off on South Africa: Joburg’s space-saving rooftop gardens offer relief from the drought