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South Africa: Chamber of Mines shows off potential of rooftop agriculture in Johannesburg inner city

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The Chamber of Mines is participating in and has funded a pilot project to assess the feasibility of growing herbs and vegetables on the rooftops.

Launch of the Urban Agriculture Initiative, which is aimed at creating a vibrant urban agricultural ecosystem by “innovatively” repurposing disused rooftops and making use of hydroponics and aquaponics to produce agricultural produce for Johannesburg’s inner city communities.

By Ilan Solomons
Creamer Media Staff Writer
11th October 2017

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“Although still in its early days, a successful basil crop has been harvested and sold,” the chamber highlights.

Moreover, the CoM notes that Johannesburg is one of many cities worldwide turning to inner city farming with the objective of addressing high unemployment and food insecurity, while simultaneously aiming to regenerate neighbourhoods.

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October 17, 2017   No Comments

South Africa: Urban pig co-operative needs land to stay in business in Port Elizabeth

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About 15 Motherwell residents have formed a co-operative to farm pigs. (Photo: Joseph Chirume, GroundUp)

“We formed this cooperative in 2016 after discovering that urban residents, especially those living in townships, were struggling to get pork.

By Joseph Chirume
News 24
Sept 13, 2017

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Mzimkhulu Ngece, 51, reiterates Nolutshungu’s point: “We need a better place to secure our pigs and equipment. We have many piglets that do not have a safe place to stay. They end up roaming the streets. Some are knocked down by cars. We also want to secure the structures to protect them from criminals. This would help us live peacefully with some residents who don’t want pigs near their houses.”

He says they are fortunate to have a communal water tap close to their pig shelters. “We use containers to fetch water and supply the pigs. However, the metro is experiencing a dry period with little water left in our dams. We would prefer to have a huge water tank to harness rain water as a way of saving municipal water.”

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September 22, 2017   Comments Off on South Africa: Urban pig co-operative needs land to stay in business in Port Elizabeth

Ethiopia: A Dose of Gardening as the New Social Medicine

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Between September 2008 and September 2011, the USAID Urban Gardens Program reached 34,200 households and over 118,000 direct and indirect orphan and vulnerable children beneficiaries through micro, household, school and community gardens in Ethiopia

By Nicholas Parkinson
Good Food World
October 19th, 2012

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One year later, the group of 55 members—all living with HIV—partnered with USAID Urban Gardens Program for Women and Children Affected by HIV/AIDS (USAID UGP) and began breaking land on a garden near the banks of the Nile River. Meaza had never before been a farmer or a gardener but she vividly remembered watching her father plow a small tract of land in the Ethiopian countryside.

By mid-2010, Maeza took up her new vocation as an urban farmer, and her outlook changed dramatically. In May, the group—known as Kalehiwot—planted corn. The rains came, the crop grew, and bushels of corn were sold on the market.

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September 21, 2017   Comments Off on Ethiopia: A Dose of Gardening as the New Social Medicine

Tanzania Food Gardening Network (TaFoGa Net)

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Plate 2: Drive-in Farmers Group receives extensions services from Kinondoni Agricultural and Livestock officers.

Gender Roles In Urban Agriculture: The Case Of Horticulture In Kinondoni Municipality, Dar Es Salaam

By Alphonce Kyessi and Fred George Njegeja (TaFoGa Net)
Dar Es Salaam
November, 2012

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Executive Summary

A descriptive horticulture study was conducted to assess the status of gender roles in urban agriculture in Kinondoni Municipality Council – Dar es Salaam; as a unit of analysis in broad dimension relating to tenure security, gender and age, health, social, economic, culture, attitude, knowledge and practice. Sustainable Cities International Program assigned this study on baseline data collection to TaFoGa Net with an objectives of reviewing literature and policy framework for horticulture practices in Tanzania, determine spatial factors for horticulture activities – type and scale, where located, land tenure access and security / tenure rights, identify horticulture resources support including extension services, credit facilities, water supply, energy, etc.

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September 15, 2017   Comments Off on Tanzania Food Gardening Network (TaFoGa Net)

Africa: South Sudan – survive siege conditions thanks to urban farming

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Terre des hommes (Tdh) is helping families in Yei, a city cut off by armed forces, by sharing urban farming techniques.

Terre des hommes Foundation Child Relief
08.23.2017

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The situation is critical. To feed the population, the city with a population of 60,000 people must make do with a fast-dwindling supply of reserves, rare convoys of food aid, and land located in urban areas. “Urban farming helps people survive siege conditions. Ten grams of seeds, for example, can produce thousands of tomato plants,” explains Cynthia. “Since spring this year, we’ve distributed seeds and farming tools to 1540 vulnerable families, as for example single mothers and internally displaced persons. They’ve also been given gardening and storage training.” This project was launched in coordination with another Swiss NGO, EPER, which had been working in the region for years, and with local organisations.

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August 30, 2017   Comments Off on Africa: South Sudan – survive siege conditions thanks to urban farming

Africa: Video story – Zimbabwe farmers getting creative within city limits

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Urban farms have started sprouting up in the capital Harare, as more people move there for work.

By Haru Mutasa
Aljazeera
Jul 10, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Zimbabwe, once considered the breadbasket of southern Africa, is undergoing a shift in the way its food is grown.

July 18, 2017   Comments Off on Africa: Video story – Zimbabwe farmers getting creative within city limits

Liberia: $438,000 FAO urban/peri agriculture project to benefit women and youth

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1,500 urban and peri-urban women and youth farmers in rural Montserrado and Margibi Counties will benefit

By Judoemue Kollie
All Africa
July 6, 2017

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“The Ministry of Agriculture identified support to urban and peri-urban farmers in vegetable and poultry as areas of priority and our institution accepted to provide support. This project is important as it will improve nutrition, create jobs and reduce malnutrition in the lives of the beneficiaries. But to make the project a success, beneficiaries must take ownership”, he said.

He asked the beneficiaries to work harder for the sustainability of the project, adding that his institution remain committed to supporting the country’s strides to achieve food security.

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July 13, 2017   Comments Off on Liberia: $438,000 FAO urban/peri agriculture project to benefit women and youth

Africa: Nursing assistant starts community garden in Gambia

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Victoria Smith and Saikou Gibba dig to plant a cassava near the at the Bwiam General Hospital in Gambia.

Gambia is one of the poorest countries in Africa, she said, because of scarce resources like water and electricity.

By Rory Wilbur
Des Moines Register
The Record-Herald
June 20, 2017

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On a day-to-day basis, she has worked on starting a garden at the hospital. The 90-meter garden is the first of its kind in the district to grow its own food for patients and the community.

Resources are very limited in the area, fruits and vegetable are difficult to find. Typically, most meals in Africa consist of white bread or white rice. Smith said it’s her mission to improve the health conditions of the country despite the limited resources.

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June 26, 2017   Comments Off on Africa: Nursing assistant starts community garden in Gambia

Canada: Alberta Community Garden helps women in Rwanda

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Shirley Ross won the University of Alberta’s Community Advocate Award Monday for her work at the university’s two-acre Green and Gold Community Garden.

A team of 100 volunteers grow more than 60 varieties of vegetables and sell them, with all proceeds going to the Tubahumurize Association in Rwanda to help women who have been traumatized by genocide and domestic abuse.

By Kevin Maimann
Metro
May 15 2017

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The garden is the association’s core source of funding and helps finance trauma counselling, health education, sewing and embroidery training and small business loans for the women.

“With the counselling programs that are provided, sometimes they’re speaking for the first time about their experience. They can be part of groups where they know that they’re not alone,” Ross said. “It helps them both socially but also economically.”

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May 16, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Alberta Community Garden helps women in Rwanda

Reuters Africa: No set menu to feed cities’ growing appetite

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Yet despite the benefits of urban farming, simply boosting the numbers of city farmers will not guarantee that cities can feed everyone or protect their food supply, experts say.

By Astrid Zweynert
Reuters Africa
May 15, 2017

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“Local agricultural production has to be part of a diverse food system to become a reliable secure food source for growing urban populations,” Pay Drechsel of the International Water Management Institute in Colombo told the Bonn conference.

Migration from rural areas to fast-growing cities in the developing world adds more complexity as an increasing number of people living in informal settlements and slums turn to urban farming, studies have shown.

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May 15, 2017   Comments Off on Reuters Africa: No set menu to feed cities’ growing appetite

Uganda: Diana Nsubuga utilizes limited city space for efficient urban farming in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala

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Dr. Diana Nsubuga calls on educated people not to shy away from farming and to embrace it for the numerous benefits it has.

NTV
May 11, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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The cow that was originally given as a wedding gift to Dr Diana Nambatya Nsubuga seven years ago, has turned out to be a game changer. The cow was the beginning of an experiment in urban farming that has changed Nsubuga’s life

Nsubuga, a trained doctor and public health professional, lives in Tuba Zone in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala. The neighbourhood is in an urban setting which many would not consider conducive for farming.

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May 11, 2017   Comments Off on Uganda: Diana Nsubuga utilizes limited city space for efficient urban farming in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala

Namibia: ‘Growing Food in Windhoek’ Handbook

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By producing food in and around the city, we can connect – the production with the market, experiments, ideas and solutions, and people of all ages and all walks of life.

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Namibia needs to urgently tackle hunger, undernourishment and malnutrition. Thee latest data stems from the 2016 Global Hunger Index of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

In this report, “hunger” refers to four indicators – undernourishment, child stunting (low height-for-age), child wasting (low weight-for-height), and child mortality.

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April 24, 2017   Comments Off on Namibia: ‘Growing Food in Windhoek’ Handbook

Zimbabwe: Thiefs Ruin Urban Farmers’ Hopes Of Bigger Yields

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“It is saddening to note that some people toil day in and day out and some uncultured people just come to steal. I urge the citizens to embrace the spirit of ubuntu and respect one’s property,” he said.

By Sibongile Moyo
Radio VOP
Bulawayo, March 31, 2017

Residents practising urban farming in some open city spaces around the city are dismayed by the continued theft of their green mealies at a time they were hoping to realise bigger harvests owing to good rains experienced past few months.

The urban farmers, among them the elderly citizens, orphaned offspring and the unemployed, also produce sweet potatoes, edible bean plant leaves, water melons, groundnuts among some common produce that has helped supplement their domestic diets.

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April 8, 2017   Comments Off on Zimbabwe: Thiefs Ruin Urban Farmers’ Hopes Of Bigger Yields

Ghana: Consider urban agriculture in national policy development

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She called for the institutionalisation and integration of urban agriculture into the country’s economic development agenda.

By Joyce Danso
Ghana News Agency
Accra, March 29

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The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana on Wednesday implored government to include Urban Agriculture (gardening) in its policy of “Planting for Food and Jobs” to curb unemployment among the youth.

Mrs Victoria Adongo, Programmes Coordinator of the Association also appealed to government to encourage backyard gardening which boosted food production when the “Operation feed yourself” was introduced some year ago.

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April 7, 2017   Comments Off on Ghana: Consider urban agriculture in national policy development

South Africa: City/Country Conflict over Urban Farming in Nelson Mandela Bay

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“We have residents in this city who have a problem – a public health issue with cattle in their communities. At the same time, we have to be sensitive to the needs of people who need land in order to look after livestock.”

Biz Community
Mar 10, 2017

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At a mayoral committee meeting yesterday, Trollip said there was a lot of urban farming taking place in the city, bringing with it public health and safety concerns. “This is a matter of considerable concern. We have a lot of urban farming taking place. We’ve got livestock being farmed in the urban area,” he said.

“In Uitenhage, we went to look at the available land.

“There’s an extensive piece of land surrounding Uitenhage for farming purposes. That land is covered in prickly pear and other invader species.

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March 17, 2017   Comments Off on South Africa: City/Country Conflict over Urban Farming in Nelson Mandela Bay