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South Africa: Joburg’s space-saving rooftop gardens offer relief from the drought

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joburgJozi Food Farmer’s Braamfontein rooftop garden.

Here, they grow a variety of things including mint, rocket, lettuce and basil.

By Dana Da Silva
The Daily Vox
November 21, 2016

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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.

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November 27, 2016   No Comments

Kenya: Kitchen garden that you eat from and carry

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Tabitha Mwiwawi on her balcony farm in Tudor, Mombasa. She grows kale, spinach, cabbages, brinjals, onions and tomatoes under drip irrigation. She sell the surplus to neighbours.

Having a mobile kitchen garden saves you the emotional strain when changing homes as it ensures that your plants move with you to the new location.

By Lynet Igadwah
Business Daily
Nov 17, 2016

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Oliver Ndegwa of Agrotunnel International says there are several design options when settling on a mobile kitchen garden.

“The portable kitchen garden options depend on tastes and preferences. Basically, these are edible mobile wall unit designs made using gutters and zip grows as well as the mini greenhouse option,” he says.

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November 25, 2016   No Comments

Zimbabwe: Climate Change Changes Face of Urban Agriculture

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Research has shown that trees can help us to adapt to a changing climate and combat drought by influencing rainfall patterns and helping to retain the water received.

By Chipo Masara
All Africa
Nov 13, 2016

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Rain is something that Zimbabweans very much look forward to. For years, many have looked up to their rain-fed agricultural projects to bring them food relief in the face of gnawing hunger that has resulted from the country’s economic collapse. The unpredictable pattern that now characterises the rainy seasons, however, has lately been rendering people’s effort useless.

Urban agriculture is part of Zimbabwe’s urban landscape and in Harare; frantic efforts by the city council to put an end to it came to naught — to the extent of the authorities seemingly throwing in the towel. It would seem they finally realised how unreasonable their push was to destroy an activity that brought food relief for many food-insecure urban households, most of who have been left to scrap for a living after their breadwinners lost jobs following either company closures or retrenchments.

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November 20, 2016   Comments Off on Zimbabwe: Climate Change Changes Face of Urban Agriculture

Kenya: How we live with seven dairy cows, goats in the city

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Salome Gitau poses next to one of her dairy cows in her farm in Githurai, Nairobi, where she and her husband Stanley Gitau, who is also a tour driver keep dairy cows and goats. Photo | Anna Jones | Nation Media Group

At peak production, their best cow produces 36 litres of milk per day and the Gitaus believe diet is the secret.

By Anna Jones
Daily Nation
Oct. 15 2016

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“We milk the cows three times a day, yielding at least 60 litres per session at the peak, which we sell at Sh60 a litre,” said Salome.

Neighbours and residents queue up with their containers to buy milk fresh from the cow. Often still warm, it’s filtered from a churn directly into the customer’s bottle.

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October 25, 2016   Comments Off on Kenya: How we live with seven dairy cows, goats in the city

The urban farms that grow half of the vegetables eaten in Cape Town, South Africa

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The Philippi Horticultural Area is a 20-minute drive from the city centre and supplies half of Cape Town’s vegetables

A densely populated area in Cape Town, the Cape Flats is home to townships, informal settlements and century-old neighourhoods.

By Helen Sullivan
How We Made It In Africa
12 October 2016

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These days the PHA farmers face more formidable opponents than horses. Consol Glass has applied for a mining licence, looking to dig up valuable silica sand, and a property developer has proposed a scheme made up of commercial housing, a shopping centre and private prison on land currently used for farming. Sonday says that this development would destroy a third of the PHA’s most productive land.

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October 23, 2016   Comments Off on The urban farms that grow half of the vegetables eaten in Cape Town, South Africa

Ducks Control Slugs and Snails at a South African Vineyard

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Duck farmer Denzel Metthys manages over 1,000 Indian Runner ducks who are used as a natural form of pest control on the Vergenoegd Winery.

Vergenoegd Wine Estate
Baden Powell Drive, Faure, Stellenbosch

This waddling workforce is essential to the farm’s pest-control, consuming a startling amount of snails and bugs on their daily patrols. The ducks are also a big part of why Vergenoegd proudly carries WWF biodiversity certification.

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October 12, 2016   Comments Off on Ducks Control Slugs and Snails at a South African Vineyard

Update October 2016 – Resource Centre for Urban Agriculture & Forestry

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Update on RUAF projects:

• Encouraging pioneering business initiatives
• Value chain development for a local market in Gaza
• City region food systems and food waste reduction
• Accelerating sustainable WASH
• City region food systems training
• Assessing city region food systems and monitoring the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact implementation
• CityFoodTools fieldwork in 7 city-regions around the world

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October 12, 2016   Comments Off on Update October 2016 – Resource Centre for Urban Agriculture & Forestry

Johannesburg, South Africa: Dumpsites turned into food gardens

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The small-scale farmers who turned illegal dumping sites in Marlboro and Lenin in the City of Johannesburg’s Region E into productive commercial food gardens are scaling greater heights.

Joburg.com
Oct 3, 2016

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Produce grown by these farmers – many of them women from the nearby Alexandra township – is sold to Spar outlets, Food Lovers Market, Joburg Fresh Produce Market, Mall of Africa and a number of restaurants in and around the Sandton area.

On Friday September 30, the small-scale farmers turned the open area around the City’s Region E office block into a farmers’ market after five co-operatives were invited to sell their fresh produce – which included spinach, spring onions and carrots – and by-products such as atchaar to municipal staff and other office workers in the vicinity.

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October 10, 2016   Comments Off on Johannesburg, South Africa: Dumpsites turned into food gardens

Urban Farming in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Has Become a Solution Following The Demise of Bulawayo Industries

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Inadequate wages and massive company closures in the City of Kings – once the country’s industrial hub – have forced residents to resort to urban farming to supplement their food stocks.

By Dumisani Nyoni
Radio VOP
Oct 3, 2016

Residents in the city on Monday returned to the fields after some little showers pounded the country’s second largest city on Sunday, hoping to take advantage of the rain season to produce food which has turned inaccessible to many.

Inadequate wages and massive company closures in the City of Kings – once the country’s industrial hub – have forced residents to resort to urban farming to supplement their food stocks.

On Monday, Bulawayo residents were busy preparing land to grow maize and sweet potatoes in little land portions on which they have grown maize for years.

Residents told RadioVOP that urban farming has become a solution following the demise of Bulawayo industries and they hope the rains will continue pounding the city.

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October 9, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Farming in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Has Become a Solution Following The Demise of Bulawayo Industries

FAO is implementing a micro-garden project in the city of Dakar in Senegal with a sub-regional outreach programme in The Gambia, Burkina Faso and Niger

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The initiative is also mobilising support that could lead to the success of micro-gardens in all urban cities in The Gambia.

By Bekai Njie
Observer Gambia
Sept 29, 2016

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She explained that the project has successfully introduced the concept of micro-gardens and provides training on establishing micro-gardens. Famers and school children were equally introduced to this new concept of gardening.

Sariyang M.K Joberteh, the Deputy Director General at the Department of Agriculture, said that a great potential is attached to horticultural crop production in The Gambia and that it has become a priority area for the government towards diversification, food security, poverty reduction, rural development and economic growth.

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October 4, 2016   Comments Off on FAO is implementing a micro-garden project in the city of Dakar in Senegal with a sub-regional outreach programme in The Gambia, Burkina Faso and Niger

Africa: Cameroonian engineer brings fish farming to the city

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Flavien Kouatcha, an engineer in Douala, is attempting to popularise aquaponics to show that food can be grown in alternative ways. Photo credit: Josiane Kouagheu.

In the past 30 years Cameroon’s urbanization rate has doubled and the urban population continues to grow, rising by five percent each year, versus 2.9 percent for the country’s overall population.

By Flavien Kouatcha
Observers
Sept 15, 2016

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I grew up in a rural area in western Cameroon. I was always passionate about agriculture, though at the same time I realised our growing method wasn’t the right one. Here [in Cameroon], 40 percent of the food produced in rural areas stays in the villages, for lack of logistical means to bring them into the cities. And when it is brought in, it’s very expensive. In addition, fertiliser use is very high, and people don’t know much about new agricultural techniques.

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September 23, 2016   Comments Off on Africa: Cameroonian engineer brings fish farming to the city

Uganda: Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) demonstration farm

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Godfrey Kato a farming specialist at the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) demonstration farm at Kyanja Wakiso district explains that backyard farming is when one practices farming in sacks and buckets as a way of utilizing the small piece of land available.

He adds that one can grow close to 54 plants on one 100kgs sack depending on the type of crops one is planning to grow.

By Lawrence Mulondo
New Vision
7th September 2016

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Kato explains that one needs a sack, gravel stones, organic manure and soil to make a proper garden.

Mix soil with available organic manure like green manure from cover crops or animal/birds manure like chicken waste.

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September 13, 2016   Comments Off on Uganda: Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) demonstration farm

South Africa: An urban farm is situated on a residential plot in Glencairn, Cape Town

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Meet urban farmer Pierre van der Spuy

By Cari Van Wyk
Biz Community
Sept 8, 2016

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After receiving a 2x2m greenhouse from Urban Freedom two years ago, Pierre van der Spuy started growing herbs and vegetables with his partner and fellow farmer, Teresa Fischer and loved it – now they own and run Evergreen Urban Farm.

“At the time a friend opened a restaurant in Kalk Bay, The Courtyard Café, and we suggested growing organic salad leaves for her. Soon after that, we were told the Foodbarn Restaurant in Noordhoek uses micro greens and we approached Chef Franck Dangereux and suggested supplying him with locally-grown produce. A few months later I bought a property in Glencairn and we started the farm on land we eventually plan to live on,” says Van der Spuy.

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September 13, 2016   Comments Off on South Africa: An urban farm is situated on a residential plot in Glencairn, Cape Town

Africa: Can farmers extend their cultivation areas in urban agriculture? A contribution from agronomic analysis of market gardening systems around Mahajanga (Madagascar)

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A farmer on an embankment watering two small plots.

Our study provides urban planners with insights on the respective parts played by farming systems, territorial resources and organization of marketing systems in the supply of the cities by urban agriculture.

By M. Mawoisa, C. Aubryb, M. Le Bail
Land Use Policy
17 September 2010

Abstract:

The rapid urbanization in developing countries implies an increasing pressure on urban agriculture for production. As most perishable food products come from this agriculture in close proximity to population concentrations, we analysed from an agronomic point of view how market-garden farmers can meet this increasing urban demand. This work took place in the case of Mahajanga, a secondary city with high increasing demographic rate on the Northwest coast of Madagascar. Based on preliminary surveys to characterize the farming systems (on a sample of 91 farms), 11 market-garden farmers chosen in the three main agricultural zones of the urban area were surveyed during two years.

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September 11, 2016   Comments Off on Africa: Can farmers extend their cultivation areas in urban agriculture? A contribution from agronomic analysis of market gardening systems around Mahajanga (Madagascar)

South Africa: Use urban agriculture to grow the economy

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Urban agriculture makes use of human aptitude rather than machinery and develops skills that can be applied to other industries in the long run, says the writer.

By Pierre Heistein
IOL
Aug 16, 2016
Pierre Heistein is the instructor of UCT’s applied economics for smart decision making course.

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Initially the provincial programme will help households to bolster their income and diversify their dinner table. But thereafter the number of small farming operations will conglomerate into a larger economic system. Resellers and wholesalers will appear, possibly co-ordinating the production of small farmers and collectively marketing and selling their produce. The economy will grow from the bottom.

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August 24, 2016   Comments Off on South Africa: Use urban agriculture to grow the economy