Category — Africa
She has a fish pond with 2,000 catfish that have been harvested twice and sold locally after achieving one-kilogramme weight. There are 17 Friesian heifers in the zero-grazing unit, 10 of them in milk.
By Dorothy Kweyu
Nov 29, 2013
The farm also has kienyeji (indigenous) chicken, which lay at least 10 eggs every day. “I don’t buy eggs,” Mrs Karanja says. Some of her chickens are from Uganda and are serviced by a cockerel from India.
“We want to breed them and see how it works,” she says. Mrs Karanja’s believes the birds coming from abroad will be more resistant to fowl diseases. The Ugandan breed is perceived to have more meat, and with the hens showing an 80-90 per cent hatching rate, she is onto something big.
December 9, 2013 No Comments
Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
Excerpt from his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
“The Bible tells us that gardens preceded gardeners, but that was not the case at Pollsmoor, where I cultivated a garden that became one of my happiest diversions. It was my way of escaping from the monolithic concrete world that surrounded us. Within a few weeks of surveying all the empty space we had on the building’s roof and how it was bathed the whole day, I decided to start a garden and received permission to do so from the commanding officer.
“Each morning, I put on a straw hat and rough gloves and worked in the garden for two hours. Every Sunday, I would supply vegetables to the kitchen so that they could cook a special meal for the common-law prisoners. I also gave quite a lot of my harvest to the warders, who used to bring satchels to take away their fresh vegetables.”
December 8, 2013 No Comments
The Bambanani Food and Herb Garden. “It’s taken hold of people’s imaginations. They see the importance of fresh, healthy food and the need for green, working space in the city.”
By Sulaiman Philip
Media Club of South Africa
Nov 19, 2013
Urban farming has taken root in the run-down suburb of Betrams, as part of a municipal programme to revitalise the city. The Bambanani Food and Herb Garden has reclaimed the abandoned bowling greens of the old Bertrams Bowling Club, once a recreation centre reserved for white people during the apartheid era. Now, the lawns have been turned over, furrows tilled, soil fertilised, and vegetables planted and harvested.
November 29, 2013 No Comments
The Program established a total of 374 gardens — 188 school gardens, 136 community group gardens, and 50 institutional gardens — in 23 urban centres across Ethiopia.
By Peter Jensen
USAID – Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance
Overview of the Urban Gardens Program for HIV-Affected Women and Children
The Urban Gardens Program for HIV-Affected Women and Children (UGP), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), was implemented in? six regions across Ethiopia. Phase I of UGP (2005–2008) established urban gardens in schools and on public land in many cities throughout Ethiopia. Phase II of the program (2009–2012) targeted the regions’ most vulnerable women and children, providing structured urban agricultural activities to strengthen food and livelihood insecurity and promoting linkages between HIV-affected communities and health services and facilities.
November 9, 2013 Comments Off
This analysis is based upon a desk review of a wide range of materials including primary legal documents, field reports, and academic and non-academic literature as well as consultations with experts in the field of urban agriculture based at the University of Makerere.
By Christopher Yap
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit
Dpu Working Paper No. 157
In urban centres across East Africa, the combination of the Global Food Crisis and unprecedented rates of urbanisation has resulted in chronic food insecurity for the urban poor. Urban agriculture is widely practiced across the region, particularly by low-income groups. The purpose of this paper is to consider how one response to the prevailing, inequitable world food system, Food Sovereignty, might be realised through urban agriculture and the ways that the realities of urban agriculture might be used to strengthen the Food Sovereignty Framework as it is currently conceived.
October 30, 2013 Comments Off
Securing tenure for Urban Agriculture through the process of formalization – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Experiences from Sustainable Cities International facilitated strategic planning and zoning in Dar es Salaam
By Morgen Zivhave
The author teaches at the University of Zimbabwe and is interested in urban agriculture research and pursuing a PhD on the subject.
1.0 Executive Summary
The formalization of urban agriculture (UA) in Dar es Salaam successfully zoned 30 areas (3 from Kinondoni Municipal Council, 7 from Ilala Municipal Council and 20 from Temeke Municipal Council) from each of the 3 Municipal Councils in Dar es Salaam. The process involved stakeholders from a broad spectrum of institutions in Dar es Salaam such as central and local government, NGOs, research and training institutions and farmer representatives. The formalization process brought awareness on the importance of UA previously sidelined against other competing land uses. It also garnered support for implementation of the UA strategies. UA in Dar es Salaam is an important source of livelihood supplying 90% of leaf vegetables and 60% milk for the city. Urban farmers constituted 65% of the informal sector in Dar es Salaam and their average income ranges from 1.6 to double the industrial monthly minimum wage of Tsh150, 000 . While politicians did not attend earlier workshops, the last UA stakeholder workshop to review progress on implementing the strategic plan in Kinondoni Municipality was officially opened by the mayor, a milestone in winning political support for urban farming.
October 25, 2013 Comments Off
Restaurant and Urban Farm uses aquaponic farming systems to raise fish and vegetables in concert for fine, fresh dining.
Via Tsai Design Studio: Moyo Waterfront Restaurant + Urban Farm
Oct 6, 2013
Combining architecture with agriculture, the new development ‘Moyo’ by South African Firm Tsai Design Studio features a two storey restaurant and open air market. Located at the V&A Waterfront on Cape Town’s historic working harbor, the site is a major tourist destination with over 23 million visitors per year. The project sought to tell a story through food and the full cycle it goes through, from preparation to plate. The theatrical display of food in all its stages informs the the overall layout;
October 23, 2013 Comments Off
An illustrated manual
Organisation Des Nations Unies Pour L’alimentation Et L’agriculture
Rome, Décembre 2010
42 pages – in French
Les micro-jardins sont de petits jardins adaptés aux villes et en particulier aux quartiers avec une haute densité de population sans espace autour des habitations. Les micro-jardins permettent aux familles à faibles revenus de produire à la maison des légumes et divers condiments pour enrichir le repas en vitamines et oligo- éléments essentiels pour la santé. La technologie des micro-jardins est simple et peu coûteuse et tout le monde peut cultiver les micro-jardins car ils ne requièrent que peu d’efforts physiques. Les micro-jardins fonctionnent en cycle fermé et permettent ainsi d’économiser l’eau d’irrigation et les engrais.
October 22, 2013 Comments Off
Agriculture Urbaine Et Périurbaine Pour La Sécurité Alimentaire En Afrique De L’ouest. Le Cas Des Micro-Jardins Dans La Municipalité De Dakar
Phd Thesis in French – Abstract in English
By Tommaso Sposito
Defence date: 17-Dec-2010
University/Publisher Università degli Studi di Milano
The author wrote his PhD thesis about UPA in West Africa in French. His focus was on Cotonou (Benin) and Dakar, especially the micro garden project(s) in Dakar. He has followed micro garden development since 2005.
In the context of Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture (UPA) micro-gardens, a simplified version of hydroponics, represent an interesting opportunity for producers, because they are characterized by a high efficiency in the use of water (2-3 l/m2/per day) and by a great spatial versatility. Moreover the vegetables grown through this technique are of high quality, because quality water and no chemical pesticide are used. These characteristics improve the poorest families’ access to horticultural products, they contribute to diet diversification of poor (and also non poor) families and thanks to surplus selling they answer the need to create an extra source of income.
October 18, 2013 Comments Off
To raise awareness about the importance of including people with disabilities and develop strategies to include them in urban agricultural activities, a pilot project in Thika, Kenya was implemented.
By The New Agrologist
With the help of two agronomists from Real Impact – a Kenyan NGO that works to increase food security through community-based nutrition gardens – demonstration gardens were established in two schools that catered for children with disabilities. The aim was to enable students and other people in their communities with disabilities to learn about innovative urban agriculture techniques. Sack gardening and vermiculture were chosen because they require little space, are inexpensive and could provide people with meaningful employment. Both methods are also easily accessible for wheelchair users.
October 6, 2013 Comments Off
It was Lethabo’s heartfelt belief that her vegetable garden would assist in alleviating some of the poverty within it and ultimately elevate her community.
Sept 2, 2013
Name: Lethabo Nonyane
Community issue: Poverty
Hometown: Tafelkop, Limpopo
As a member of the Tafelkop community in the Limpopo province, Lethabo Nonyane noted that the extreme poverty being experienced in her community could be alleviated by starting a vegetable garden as part of her Community Action Project. Lethabo recruited eighteen of her peers to assist her in collecting organic waste and breaking the ground for her vegetable garden, which ran from her high school premises.
September 8, 2013 Comments Off
Training urban youth to grow and market vegetables will produce employment, income, and a more nutritious food supply
News from AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center
Aug 15, 2013
More than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. As cities increasingly absorb population growth while at the same time drawing in people from rural areas, the question arises: who will produce food to sustain those city dwellers? The answer is the urban dwellers themselves.
‘Improving Income and Nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa by Enhancing Vegetable-based Farming and Food Systems in Peri-urban Corridors,’ a new project from AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center and partners supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) through its Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC), aims to develop peri-urban vegetable production in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania.
August 23, 2013 Comments Off
Sack farming is emerging as a solution, especially among those with no land on which to farm
By Miriam Gathigah
Inter Press Service
Aug 9, 2013
Tucked deep in Kenya’s sprawling Kibera slum is the shanty that Alice Atieno calls home. It is just one among many small, badly-lit shacks built close together in this crowded slum where an estimated one million people live on about 400 hectares.
But right on her doorstep stalks of green leafy vegetables grow in soil-filled sacks. For the mother of six, these kale plants are the source of her livelihood.
Her children have learnt to go about their play without knocking the plants over. “Children in the slum understand hunger, they stay clear of the plants. They know that it’s where their food comes from,” Atieno tells IPS.
August 16, 2013 Comments Off
Urban agriculture plays a number of environmental, social and economic functions, which still have to be recognised by the urban authorities.
By Paule Moustier
CIRAD, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement, Montpellier, France
2007, Acta Horticulturae, nr 762:145-158
Peri-urban agriculture is still the subject of intense debate as regards its viability, its efficiency in urban food supply relative to rural production, and the rationale for the state to protect it from urban development. The paper investigates the role of urban horticulture in the supply of African and Asian cities and the importance of maintaining proximity between farmers and consumers of vegetables. It draws on insights of spatial economics as regards physical proximity and institutional economics as regards relational proximity. It is based on market surveys in various cities of Africa and South-East Asia, especially on the origin of food products, and the relationships between buyers and purchasers.
June 28, 2013 Comments Off
Much ink can be wasted on policy recommendations and policy documents if the political will to make them work is missing.
By Diana Lee-Smith
Environment and Urbanization
2010 International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). 483
Vol 22(2): 483–499. 2010
Diana Lee-Smith holds a Doctorate from Lund University, Sweden, and co-founded Mazingira Institute, an independent research body in Kenya where she has been involved in research, development and activist work on urban environment and development issues since 1978.
For several decades, a diverse literature has claimed that urban agriculture has the potential for hunger and poverty alleviation. This article reviews empirical data from equatorial Africa that touch on this assertion, updating the work on the subject published in the mid-1990s. Research, largely from East Africa but also including Cameroon in West Central Africa, appearing in several recent and currently emerging publications is assessed and compared. The article attempts to quantify the extent of urban agriculture in several cities based on the proportion of urban households involved, and assesses its statistical and qualitative relationship to urban food and nutrition security as well as its complex relationship to poverty.
June 25, 2013 Comments Off