Category — Africa
The Flourishing Rabbit Rearing Business. Kenya Citizen TV.
The two urban farmers said that the major challenges facing the business is the land and the security of their crops.
By Shadrack Omuka
12 Nov 2015
William Macharia from Kabachia has been practicing urban farming for the last 2 years and has seen the advantages of the enterprise.
Macharia said that since he started farming he has improved the livelihood of his family since he has been able to send his children to school and pay rent among other bills.
“I have been doing this for the last 2 years and i don’t see why i should go to looking for white collar jobs anymore. I am able to send my children to school with what i get from farming besides the roads along Nakuru-Nairobi highway,” said Macharia.
November 19, 2015 No Comments
Urban gardening products inspired by fairtrade farmers’ hacks
SmallFolders Indiegogo Campaign
Nov 18, 2015
In 2009, the number of people living in urban cities surpassed those living in rural areas. This change heralds far reaching implications for how we live and feed ourselves. However, it has also led to a burgeoning trend in urban gardening across city landscapes – as people try to reconnect with nature.
This week Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation (CPF) is launching ‘SmallFolders’ on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. SmallFolders are a range of tried and tested urban gardening products inspired by smallholders, and their hacks to growing and gardening in small spaces.
November 17, 2015 No Comments
Rapid urbanization is affecting urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Tamale Metropolitan area, Ghana
Stakeholders at the second meeting held in Tamale on Thursday, made inputs into the compilation of a strategic policy agenda to enable the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly encourage urban and peri-urban agriculture.
By Abdul Karim Naatogmah
Oct 30, 2015
A policy narrative produced by a group of stakeholders who convened in early 2015 in Tamale, said rapid urbanization is affecting urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Tamale Metropolitan area.
One of the most critical concerns captured in the report is the decrease in available lands as chiefs prefer to sell plots to private developers.
November 5, 2015 Comments Off on Rapid urbanization is affecting urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Tamale Metropolitan area, Ghana
During the month of August 2015, urban farming in Harare accounted for 13.96 percent of commodities supplied and income, behind Manicaland and Mashonaland Central respectively.
By Charles Dhewa
Oct 29, 2015
Harare has quietly become a source of agricultural produce to rival the traditional farming areas, an indication signifying a rapid growth in urban agriculture.
In the past few years, urban agriculture has assumed a new image from small vegetable gardens for household consumption (fresh vegetables meeting specific household tastes and requirements) to a strong shoulder for urban household food security and source of income.
November 3, 2015 Comments Off on Rapid Growth of Urban Farming in Harare, Zimbabwe
The Home Gardening and Nutrition training material was made by FAO in partnership with the Lesotho Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) and all members of the Home Gardening and Nutrition Working Group (NGOs, UN agencies and Government institutions)
By Elizabeth Tsehlo
(Must see. Mike)
Two different tools were produced: posters and handouts.
For trainer’s use (teachers, extension staff, NGOs), 400 kits combining the four posters and a portable stand have been produced in PVC A0 size (200 in Sesotho, 200 in English).
For communities, students, farmers and public in general, 60,000 kits of four handouts each have also been printed in A1 size (30,000 in Sesotho and 30,000 in English). These handouts include the information provided in the posters and additional related information on the reverse side of each handout.
The handouts have been distributed to approximately 300 schools (primary and high schools), and are being distributed to all 68 agricultural Resource Centres in Lesotho. Copies are also given for free to all members of the Home Gardening and Nutrition Working Group including various ministries, institutions, university, UN agencies and NGOs. FAO Emergency and Resilience Programme beneficiaries – 18,500 vulnerable farming families in total – will also receive one kit through the resource centres.
November 3, 2015 Comments Off on FAO makes training materials for Lesotho, Africa – ‘The Home Gardening and Nutrition Training’
Residents of Kiambu county urged to convert their backyards to money generating areas by embracing vertical agriculture. They have also been advised to consider sack farming. [Photo/www.amshaafrica.org]
“My family has never gone hungry. I have now started a green grocery business which has expanded the market for my vertical gardens produce.”
By Krysty Wandy
Kiambu County News
20 Oct 2015
The Sub-County agribusiness officer Ms. Tabitha Gicheru said in her office today that people can earn income by growing vegetables on vertical gardens in homes and backyards where ground space is limited. She said that vertical gardens are ideal for people living in urban areas including those living in rental apartments. Terming it as a solution to food shortage, the agribusiness officer also urged people in urban areas to practice urban farming.
‘‘Vertical gardens are a form of urban farming. I want to encourage people to engage in urban farming because this is one way through which they can earn an extra money while enhancing food security at the same time,’’ said Gicheru.
October 28, 2015 Comments Off on Residents of Kiambu County, Kenya urged to embrace urban farming
Tabitha Mwiwawi waters some of the vegetables she grows on her rooftop in Mombasa. Photo | Brian Wachira, Nation Media Group. See ‘My Rooftop is a Vegetable Garden’.
Mombasa County has so far introduced fish farming through the use of 40-foot containers as pounds which are run by youth groups.
By Patrick Beja
October 14th 2015
Mombasa county assembly has adopted a resolution urging the county government to promote urban farming to enable residents to supplement incomes and combat shortage.
A motion tabled by county assembly deputy speaker Mswabah Rashid called for the establishment of smallholder model farms in the country’s second largest city.
October 24, 2015 Comments Off on Mombasa, Kenya passes resolution to promote urban farming
Ndirangu is confident that the growing urban population needs food which calls for innovative farming in urban areas.
By Leopold Obi
Oct 3, 2015
Just about 2km from Ongata Rongai town on the outskirts of Nairobi sits the Impala farm, 45-acres surrounded by a chain-link fence and a huge metallic gate.
The vast farm is fallow, but its owner Esther Ndirangu believes that it is just a matter of time before it hosts fish ponds, horticultural crops, vertical gardening units, dairy shed, pigsties and poultry pens.
October 9, 2015 Comments Off on Kenya: One woman’s quest to make farming urban
The continent’s urban dwellers fast turning to urban farming amid the rampant food shortages that have not spared them.
By Jeffrey Moyo
Sept 2, 2015
Samwenje, a pre-school teacher who took over an open piece of land to cultivate in vicinity to a farm, told IPS that “this mini-farming here is a back-up means to feed my family because the 200 dollars I earn monthly is not enough to support my family after becoming the breadwinner following the death of my husband four years ago, leaving me to care for our three school-going children.”
“I now spend very little money buying food because crops from my small field here in the city supplement my food,” she added.
September 11, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Farming Mushrooms in Africa Amid Food Deficits
In terms of the new draft law, no person would be allowed to use or allow the use of human excreta as fertiliser, while people would also be barred from irrigating vegetables and plants with raw waste water.
By Andrew Kunambura
Aug 6, 2015
THE Harare City Council (HCC) is set for renewed tension with residents after it approved the amendment of a by-law that seeks to halt the rampant use of raw human waste as fertiliser.
The new by-law sailed through a full council meeting last Thursday and now awaits ministerial approval.
At law, all council by-laws have to be approved by the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.
August 17, 2015 Comments Off on Raw Human Waste As Fertiliser For Urban Agriculture In Zimbabwe Linked To Typhoid And Cholera
The urban agriculture project has been undertaken in cities like Monrovia, Tubmanburg and Gbarnga to enhance food production locally.
By Cholo Brook
The Head of the European Union Delegation to Liberia, Tiina Intelmann, has pledged the EU’s support in improving urban agriculture to strengthen food security in the country.
She noted that the EU is in Liberia to help improve the livelihood of the Liberian people through several activities, including agriculture, and noted that it was critical for Liberians to produce rice, rather than depend on imports from other countries.
August 16, 2015 Comments Off on Liberia: European Union Pledges Support For Urban Agriculture
African town and city fish farmers have converted their swimming pools and backyards into small-scale fish farming ponds
The figure for fish farmers is even higher in Malawi, where some 30,000 people are active in fish farming-related activities
By Jeffrey Moyo
Aug 5, 2015
Hillary Thompson, aged 62, throws some grains of left-over rice from his last meal, mixed with some beer dregs from his sorghum brew, into a swimming pool that he has converted into a fish pond.
“For over a decade, fish farming has become a hobby that has earned me a fortune,” Thompson, who lives in Milton Park, a low density area in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, told IPS. In fact, he has been able to acquire a number of properties which he now rents out.
Thompson is just one of many here who have struck gold through fish farming.
August 15, 2015 Comments Off on African town and city fish farmers have converted their swimming pools and backyards into small-scale fish farming ponds
A project to address malnutrition, particularly among children, by establishing comprehensive school vegetable garden programs in selected countries in Africa and in Asia.
Excerpt from their website:
School gardens are gaining prominence due to the promotion of balanced diets, nutrition education, and the development of livelihood skills (FAO, 2010). However, school gardens are not a new concept. In 1957, FAO and UNICEF started the so-called Applied Nutrition Programs aimed at improving nutrition through school and community gardens, which were sometimes combined with small livestock production and fish ponds (FAO, 1966). Drescher (2002) gives an overview of school garden programmes in developing countries and describes success stories as well as failures.
August 10, 2015 Comments Off on Vegetables Go to School – a nine-year, three-phase initiative
Agriculture remains one of the main livelihood strategies in Africa not only in rural areas, but also in an urban context. However, little is known about the role ethnicity plays in urban and periurban agriculture.
By J. Schlesingera, E. Munishib, A. Dreschera
Volume 64, August 2015, Pages 138–145
Ethnic association is a major determinant of involvement in agriculture.
Wachagga have much better access to productive resources than other ethnic groups.
Land ownership regimes in the urban area of Moshi remain dominated by traditional norms and agreements.
Social embeddedness remains important in the course of urban growth.
July 7, 2015 Comments Off on Ethnicity as a determinant of agriculture in an urban setting – Evidence from Tanzania
“There’s absolutely no reason for food insecurity anywhere, just 100m2 can feed a family of four year-round with all the fresh veggies they could dream of.”
By Patrick Domburg
Cape Town’s growing interest in urban agriculture is set to change the city’s attitude towards food security and sustainable food production.
Across the world, in spaces where food was often taken for granted, more people are becoming aware of the urgent need to embrace urban agriculture on a citywide scale and work across socio-economic divides.
Rob Small, Co-Director of Abalimi says, “There’s absolutely no reason for food insecurity anywhere, just 100m2 can feed a family of four year-round with all the fresh veggies they could dream of.”
July 2, 2015 Comments Off on South Africa: Urban agriculture helps Cape Town grow