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NEFSALF: Nairobi (Kenya) and Environs Food Security, Agriculture and Livestock Forum

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City and environs agriculture and livestock keeping enhance urban food security and improve well-being, income, skill and knowledge of those who practice it.

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Via Diana Lee-Smith

In Nairobi we have the Nairobi and Environs Food Security, Agriculture and Livestock Forum (NEFSALF) which is a network of small farmers in and around the city. Most farmers produce food on less than an acre (although a few have a bit more space, often made up of different plots farmed opportunistically in different places). Typically, they keep small livestock for food and sale of livestock products and grow vegetables for both consumption and sale.

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January 26, 2016   No Comments

Antananarivo Urban Commune, Madagascar: adapting to climate change through urban farming and organic waste recovery

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We would like to widely share the benefits of urban farming, especially in large cities in the South

France Diplomatie
Jan 12, 2016
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Excerpt:

Tamara Teissedre-Philip : The project is based on a platform of development actors who incorporate urban farming into their respective action frameworks, to reduce the risk of food insecurity in the most vulnerable communities. A proposal on urban organic waste recovery is being drawn up.

What solution have you highlighted for combating climate change?

The practice of urban farming mitigates the impacts of climate change by:

lowering greenhouse gas emissions through reduced transport of foodstuffs, self-sufficiency and short supply chains;

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January 16, 2016   Comments Off on Antananarivo Urban Commune, Madagascar: adapting to climate change through urban farming and organic waste recovery

Kenya: Kitchen Gardens Are Victory Gardens in Boosting Nutrition and Incomes in Western Kenya

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One of the Muchui members (right) discusses her garden with Rosemary Herbert and two of the Muchui Directors.

A kitchen garden is an area in a homestead where leafy vegetables, fruit or herbs are grown.

By Justus Wanzala
All Africa
Dec 30, 2015

Excerpt:

“Indigenous vegetables fetch better prices compared to exotic ones like kales and cabbages because many people have learnt from experts that they are highly nutritious. It’s a pity they have been ignored by the local community,” she said.

Members of her group plant Indian spinach, jute, crotalaria, solanum, spider plant, amaranth, pumpkin leaves, and African kale. Each of their member has enough for family consumption and for sale.

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January 4, 2016   Comments Off on Kenya: Kitchen Gardens Are Victory Gardens in Boosting Nutrition and Incomes in Western Kenya

Forty per cent of African urban households are thought to practice urban farming

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Young Farmers in Kibera.

Implementing The Right To Food Enshrined In Kenya’s Constitution

By Diana Lee-Smith And Davinder Lamba
Kenya Star
Jan. 02, 2016

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Forty per cent of African urban households are thought to practice urban farming, mostly to supplement their diet and save on food expenses. But many, especially urban livestock keepers, also sell part of their production, such as milk and eggs, which provide useful extra income. Fresh produce from urban agriculture also contributes to good health and nutrition. Children in urban households consuming animal source foods (ASF) are healthier, indicating urban livestock-keeping is a good thing. Around 20 per cent of Nairobi households farm in the city and seven per cent keep livestock. This adds up to 200,000 households, while thousands of cattle, sheep and goats were counted in the 2009 census.

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January 2, 2016   Comments Off on Forty per cent of African urban households are thought to practice urban farming

City of Windhoek, Namibia, pushes for backyard gardens amid water crisis

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Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua.

“There are countries with climates even drier than Namibia’s, yet they are able to produce fruits and vegetables on commercial scale, which they managed to develop through research, which enabled them to successfully grow vegetables for their communities.”

New Era
Dec 17, 2015

Excerpt:

Against the background of the pronounced water crisis, the City of Windhoek (CoW) is still pushing for backyard and community gardens around Windhoek as part of its urban agriculture strategy to alleviate poverty and mitigate hunger.

The City Council’s position has left many with more questions than answers as recently the municipality has been cautioning residents to use water sparingly, yet are advocating for more backyard gardens and transforming riverbeds into community gardens.

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December 23, 2015   Comments Off on City of Windhoek, Namibia, pushes for backyard gardens amid water crisis

City region agrifood systems in the urbanizing Nile Basin community

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Island farming on the Nile River.

The total population of the Nile Basin riparian countries was around 85 million at their independence era, with projection of over a billion persons within this millennium. That booming demography requires mitigation, adaptation and adoption of urban agricultural policies and planning, consideration of imperatively adequate food and nutrition systems to cope with this dynamics.

By Mohamed Yassin
Sudan Tribune
Dec 11, 2015

Excerpt:

Family farming in rural areas is increasingly losing terrain at the expenses of the urban farming for multiplicities of reasons and drivers. Urban areas are offering more attractive employment opportunities and better chances of higher income and availability of basic deliverables, basically associated with the industries, trade, technologies, education, health and tertiary sector of services. The Agricultural sector has a shifting and dynamic nature and adaptability related to these urbanization processes, through the urban gardens, nurseries, and other sorts of multifunctional agri-food systems.

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December 22, 2015   Comments Off on City region agrifood systems in the urbanizing Nile Basin community

Namibia, Africa: City Looks Into Urban Agriculture

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The capital city, Windhoek, Namibia, is located on the High Plateaus, at an altitude of 1,646 m, in about the geographical centre of the country.

“With yet another year of low rainfall however, the availability of water for urban agriculture is an enormous challenge in Windhoek.”

Namibia Economist
Dec 11, 2015

Excerpt:

The newly re-elected Mayor of Windhoek said at the opening event of the two-day workshop that the City Council passed a resolution on the establishment of Windhoek food systems that will focus on a food bank and urban agriculture initiatives.

“With yet another year of low rainfall however, the availability of water for urban agriculture is an enormous challenge in Windhoek. The focus of the workshop will lie on sharing experiences about agriculture in arid regions, re-use of waste water and innovative technologies that allow to practice (peri-) urban agriculture in face of water scarcity.

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December 18, 2015   Comments Off on Namibia, Africa: City Looks Into Urban Agriculture

RUAF Update Number. 26

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RUAF – Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security

RUAF
December 16, 2015

Ongoing activities:

• City of Windhoek promotes urban agriculture
• City region food system assessment started in 7 cities
• Workshop on safe and productive use of wastes for urban and peri-urban agriculture in Kenya
• Value chain development and policy review for local agriculture in Gaza
• Developing a city strategic agenda for the Tamale Metropolis
• Third project meeting URBAN GREEN TRAIN in Rotterdam

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December 16, 2015   Comments Off on RUAF Update Number. 26

Film online: Follows a Kenyan farmer for four years – captures the human impact of climate change

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In “Kisilu: The Climate Diaries”, we witness a groundbreaking portrait of a Kenyan family on the front line of climate change.

By Julia Dahr
Aljazeera
Dec 2, 2015
(Must see! Mike)

Excerpt from the filmmaker:

During my first two weeks in Kenya, I met with a great number of small-scale farmer families to find a good match for the film, but it was difficult to find someone that I connected well with, that knew English – and at the same time had farming as their main income generating activity. I had started to lose hope of finding a family to make this film together with, but finally on the last day of the research trip I was introduced to Kisilu and his family and it was “love at first sight”.

Kisilu’s passion when he talked about his vision for his family and his village captivated me and right away I knew I had found the right person and family for the film. Luckily enough, Kisilu and the family also felt a connection with me and agreed to having my photographer and I stay with them, day in and day out, for the next month.

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December 4, 2015   Comments Off on Film online: Follows a Kenyan farmer for four years – captures the human impact of climate change

Kenyan urban farmers – it has been ‘uplifting their lives’

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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
Hivisasa
12 Nov 2015

Excerpt:

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.

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November 19, 2015   Comments Off on Kenyan urban farmers – it has been ‘uplifting their lives’

African farmers are inspiration for new range of urban gardening products

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Urban gardening products inspired by fairtrade farmers’ hacks

SmallFolders Indiegogo Campaign
Press Release
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.

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November 17, 2015   Comments Off on African farmers are inspiration for new range of urban gardening products

Rapid urbanization is affecting urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Tamale Metropolitan area, Ghana

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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
Citifmonline
Oct 30, 2015

Excerpt:

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.

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November 5, 2015   Comments Off on Rapid urbanization is affecting urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Tamale Metropolitan area, Ghana

Rapid Growth of Urban Farming in Harare, Zimbabwe

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Catering is one of the vibrant industries growing out of and in support of urban agriculture.

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
The Herald
Oct 29, 2015

Excerpt:

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.

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November 3, 2015   Comments Off on Rapid Growth of Urban Farming in Harare, Zimbabwe

FAO makes training materials for Lesotho, Africa – ‘The Home Gardening and Nutrition Training’

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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
FAO
Nov 2015
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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.

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November 3, 2015   Comments Off on FAO makes training materials for Lesotho, Africa – ‘The Home Gardening and Nutrition Training’

Residents of Kiambu County, Kenya urged to embrace urban farming

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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

Excerpt:

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.

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October 28, 2015   Comments Off on Residents of Kiambu County, Kenya urged to embrace urban farming