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Kenya: Balcony farming helps city folk produce own food in Mombasa

Part of the garden of Ms Zainab Abdalla a a balcony farmer at Tononoka Majengo Machura Estate in Mombasa County./Alphonce Gari

“If such initiatives are embraced, there will be a variety of food that shall improve the nutritional needs of their families.”

By Alphonce Gari
The Star
Apr. 05, 2018,

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She followed up with the Agriculture office in Mombasa town, which taught her how to set up the garden.

Today, she is producing a variety of vegetables and fruits, including spinach, sukuma wiki, cabbages, mchicha, cowpeas, tomatoes and onions.

“The balcony garden does not need much maintenance. It is not time-consuming. I just devote 10 to 15 minutes of my free time to attend to the plants,” she said.

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April 11, 2018   No Comments

South Africa: Joburg’s mushrooming rooftop gardens

A crop of basil will supply restaurants and traders around FNB’s Bank City.

Joburg CBD dwellers are putting on their farming caps, 21st century-style

By Natalie Watermeyer
Business Alive
05 April 2018

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The potential for taking farms to rooftops was recently demonstrated by the Urban Agriculture Initiative, a partnership between the Chamber of Mines, the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership and WIBC (Wouldn’t It Be Cool), an incubation and mentorship organisation.

In a pilot project run over the past six months, Nhlanhla Mpati was selected to establish a hydroponic garden on a balcony of the 93-year-old Chamber of Mines heritage building in Marshall Street.

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April 10, 2018   No Comments

Libreia: Partners Launch First Harvest of Urban Rice Project

Farmers were recruited from other communities to ensure that the project is successful.

“Considering the high level unemployment among the youth in the city, the former mayor of Paynesville, Cyvette Gibson, wrote a proposal to use swampland for agriculture purposes in the city.

By Simeon S. Wiakanty
Daily Observer
March 19, 2018

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“We intended to cultivate 50 hectares, but succeed with 20 hectares with support from some community members,” Cooper stated.

Mr. Mulbah Jackollie, from SAMJAC Agro industry, is providing technical services to the project. “We are here recruiting local farmers, training and working with them to produce rice,” he said. “We also provide assistance to them with fertilizer and provided trained them in vegetables farming… to farmers from Zubah town community.

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March 25, 2018   Comments Off on Libreia: Partners Launch First Harvest of Urban Rice Project

Uganda: “Our biggest challenge was the cow dung”


Dr Diana Nambatya Nsubuga.

Their farm called Kwagala has also been used to give a thousand local women training to improve urban farming methods

By Alan Kasujja
BBC World Service. Newsday
Mar 16, 2018
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Urban farming is used in many parts of the world to improve food security for families – people in cities using the small space they have in their back yard or garden or even roof to grow food for the table. One urban farm in the Ugandan capital Kampala is using the half acre around the family house so effectively, it’s turning a healthy commercial profit.

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March 21, 2018   Comments Off on Uganda: “Our biggest challenge was the cow dung”

Uganda: He harvests cash from urban farming

Dr Allan Ahimbisibwe displays sukumawiki on his backyard farm. Ahimbisibwe grows several vegetables including cabbage, and tomatoes. Photo by Denis Bbosa

“Money saved is money earned, if each week you save about Shs50,000 that you would have used to buy these vegetables, you would be better off,” he advises.

By Denis Bbosa
Daily Mirror
Mar 10, 2018

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He urges Ugandans to open their eyes and start farming plants with short root systems such as sukumawiki, egg plants, tomatoes, straw berry, cabbages that are eaten every day and grown within three months.

“Most of the vegetables grow in two months, those with leaves grow in one month. We are preaching an idea of getting value from small place. At harvesting stage, which is soon by the way, I will be getting more than 50 plants a week,” he says.

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March 16, 2018   Comments Off on Uganda: He harvests cash from urban farming

Nairobi: Once a flower bed, now a lush vegetable garden

Simon Maneti tends a sukuma wiki plot outside Airgate Centre in Embakasi, Nairobi. Maneti says the project has created employment to several youths and provides food to residents in informal settlements, where they sell some of the vegetables. Photo | Pius Maundu | Nmg

Maneti says the project has created employment to several youths and provides food to residents in informal settlements, where they sell some of the vegetables.

By Pius Maundu And Grace Gitau
Daily Nation
March 10, 2018

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There is a breath of fresh air at Airgate Centre in Embakasi, Nairobi.

All the spaces that ordinarily host flowers and the patios around the six-storey building, formerly known as Taj Mall, are flourishing vegetable gardens.

Brinjals, cow peas, collard greens (sukuma wiki), spinach, and tomatoes stand on the beds that initially held neatly trimmed bougainvillea hedges, among other flowers.

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March 15, 2018   Comments Off on Nairobi: Once a flower bed, now a lush vegetable garden

Nigeria: How We’re Mobilising Nigerian Youths Through Gardening

Sipasi Olalekan Ayodele wants the next generation to enjoy nutritious food — and have a healthy respect for nature.

Channels Television
Updated March 7, 2018

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On Channels Television Programme Eco@Africa, Ayodele narrates how he is working on providing nutritious food for urban dwellers and at the same time live a healthy life.

Due to the increasing population in the urban area, Ayodele said steps need to be taken for urban dwellers to enjoy nutritious food by citing farms near their homes, an initiative that ProtectOzone is driving.

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March 13, 2018   Comments Off on Nigeria: How We’re Mobilising Nigerian Youths Through Gardening

Africa: Nigeria’s soil-free salad farm

How one young entrepreneur is growing greens in shipping containers – no soil needed.

A film by Amelia Martyn-Hemphill and Sam Judah
for BBC World Hacks.
11 Feb 2018

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February 11, 2018   Comments Off on Africa: Nigeria’s soil-free salad farm

Zimbabwe: Monkey terror – the viability of urban agriculture has also come under threat

Residents of suburbs are having running battles with monkeys.

Mutare’S low-density suburbs of Darlington and Morningside have been turned into landscapes of human-wildlife conflict, as monkeys are invading houses and wrecking property in the process.

The Herald
Jan 16, 2018

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“These monkeys even have the guts to enter houses, vandalising property,” she said.

“They grab food items like bread and fruits from houses while in some cases they invade gardens and orchards where they pluck vegetables and fruits.

Although properties in the low-density suburbs are expansive, most residents have abandoned or reduced the scale of subsistence agriculture practices.

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January 23, 2018   Comments Off on Zimbabwe: Monkey terror – the viability of urban agriculture has also come under threat

Nairobi Establishes a Framework from Which Urban Agriculture Can Flourish

According to the Kenyan news outlet Mediamax, the government is developing urban farming projects in all 17 of Nairobi’s sub-counties.

By Cameron St. Germain
New York City Food Policy Centre
Jan 2018

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The objectives of the Act are to:

Contribute to food security through the development of agriculture in the county by empowering the people and institutions through allowing and facilitating agricultural activities for subsistence and commercial purposes.

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January 7, 2018   Comments Off on Nairobi Establishes a Framework from Which Urban Agriculture Can Flourish

South Africa: Wonder women grow vegetables and each other

The group of women tending the veggie garden work tirelessly to ensure a good harvest.

A gardening project has grown into a sustainable food source for families in the Valley of 1 000 Hills.

By Lloyd MacKenzie
Highway Mail
Dec 11, 2017

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One woman’s dream of helping to empower others has grown and flourished in 10 years and now ensures that more than 250 people have food in their bellies before they go to bed at night.

Ten years ago, Lydia Hlope started feeding more than 150 adults and children in the KwaNyuswa area with vegetables from a community garden they named Yenzanathi Community Upliftment Project in the Valley of 1 000 Hills.

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December 18, 2017   Comments Off on South Africa: Wonder women grow vegetables and each other

Namibia: Gardening project uplifts community

The Erastus Uutoni community project at Oikango is proof that the solution to food security lies in communities and backyard gardens.

New Era
December 8, 2017

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“We want to expand the garden and incorporate an after-school programme, hence the construction of the hall. In future we would also want to have a library so that our children can have additional studying materials at the centre,” said Hainghumbi.

The group, consisting mostly of women, grows vegetables.

The garden is run by people living positively with HIV, as well as other unemployed women and men from the village.
The centre also has plans to assist the elderly once it has been electrified.

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December 17, 2017   Comments Off on Namibia: Gardening project uplifts community

Africa: Urban agriculture, dietary diversity and child health in a sample of Tanzanian town folk

In short, we identified urban agriculture as one channel through which dietary diversity can be increased and, ultimately, improved child health can be achieved in the cities of developing countries.

By Natascha Wagner & Luca Tasciotti
Canadian Journal of Development Studies
Nov 27, 2017

Abstract:

Undernutrition and micronutrient deficiency continue to be two of the major health burdens in less developed economies. In this study, we explore the link between urban agriculture, dietary diversity and child health, using weight-for-age and height-for-age Z-scores. The study makes use of two rounds of observational data for urban Tanzania and employs an instrumental variables estimation approach. We show that practising urban agriculture leads to the consumption of a greater variety of food items and the health status of urban children living in households practising urban agriculture significantly improves in the short and, more importantly, long term.

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December 10, 2017   Comments Off on Africa: Urban agriculture, dietary diversity and child health in a sample of Tanzanian town folk

South Africa: Johannesburg’s new “agripreneurs” dig for green gold on skyscraper rooftops

Nhlanhla Mpati, an agripreneur, tends to his plants at the garden he set up on top of Johannesburg’s iconic ‘Chamber of Mines’ building in the central business district on November 15, 2017. Inna Lazareva/Thomson Reuters Foundation

In the next three years, about 100 more farms will be set up in the city besides the two now running, and the scheme is already attracting many applications from would-be young entrepreneurs.

By Inna Lazareva
Reuters
Dec 1, 2017

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The soaring “Chamber of Mines” building in central Johannesburg, a hub for South Africa’s mining industry, is a symbol of a bygone era when pioneers began flocking here in the late 19th century to dig for gold.

Today, it is also the site of a new venture aiming to entice the city’s unemployed youth into green entrepreneurship.

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December 8, 2017   Comments Off on South Africa: Johannesburg’s new “agripreneurs” dig for green gold on skyscraper rooftops

South African urban farmers grow herbs and crops on rooftops

About 100 buildings have already been identified where similar farms in the city will be set up.

Africa News
Nov 21, 2017

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Nhlanhla Mpati is tending his farm in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mpati is among a group of farmers in the country who are growing herbs and other crops on rooftops in urban cities.

He is part of project run by various organizations that wants to make more produce available in the inner city and provide jobs for entrepreneurs who want to farm but don’t have access to land.

Mpati grows basil and other herbs at the farm using a hydroponics system on top of the city’s Chamber of Mines building.

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November 28, 2017   Comments Off on South African urban farmers grow herbs and crops on rooftops