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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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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

Liberia, Africa: FAO And GOL Agree To Promote Urban/Peri-Urban Agriculture And Sustainable Forest Management

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(Right) Dr. Charles McClain, Deputy Minister for Planning and Development, signed the agreement on behalf of GOL, and (Left) Mr. Marc Abdala, FAO Country Rep. signed for FAO.

At least 1,500, mostly women and youth farmers in the targeted counties, are expected to benefit from the TCP.

By Judoemue M. Kollie
Daily Observer
Mar 9, 2017

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) recently signed two project agreements to promote urban and peri-urban agriculture in vegetables and poultry and the sustainable management of Liberia’s forest sector.

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March 15, 2017   Comments Off on Liberia, Africa: FAO And GOL Agree To Promote Urban/Peri-Urban Agriculture And Sustainable Forest Management

Africa: Novel gardening method promotes urban farming in Namibian capital

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According to Antonio Wohler, Community Development Officer at the City of Windhoek, the most disadvantaged members of the city, especially those residing in informal settlements, benefit from the yields of the Aquaponic garden.

Coastweek
Feb 25, 2017

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Karumendu, along with two women and four other men are the pioneers of the aquaponics gardening project.

With lettuce taking root in a shaded net from a stream of water underneath charcoal cones, Karumendu and his team recently harvested the first yield of lettuce from an Aquaponic garden at the school located in Greenwell Matongo, a residential area dominated by shack dwellings.

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March 3, 2017   Comments Off on Africa: Novel gardening method promotes urban farming in Namibian capital

Documentary Film: Three Generations Of Women Create A Community Garden In Their South African Village

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Canada: University of Victoria historian Elizabeth Vibert teamed up with award-winning director Christine Welsh to produce ‘The Thinking Garden’.

The garden, which has now been in operation for 25 years, provides fresh vegetables and opportunities for the local villagers while helping confront the ravages of poverty, climate change and AIDS.

By Dan Ebenal
Saanich News
Feb 25, 2017

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“The garden has been vitally important to the community, especially as the effects of climate change get worse. It provides local, affordable produce that otherwise people have to travel on public transit to buy fresh vegetables,” said Vibert.

More familiar with writing about history, Vibert said her first venture into filmmaking was extremely challenging.

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February 26, 2017   Comments Off on Documentary Film: Three Generations Of Women Create A Community Garden In Their South African Village

Ireland: Galway Michelin chef backs project to fight poverty in Central Africa

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Concern ambassador, chef JP McMahon with daughters, eight year old Heather (left) and Martha, 4, at the Westside Community Garde

Speaking from the Westside community gardens, accompanied by his daughters, he said: “Europe has taken so much out of Africa; it is our duty as Europeans and Irish people to give back.

By Our Reporter
Connacht Tribune
February 19, 2017

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“I think Kitchen Gardens is a genuine and excellent idea because it taps into that connection to growing food that a lot of us never have to think about at all.

“It supports people in great need in growing their own farms for the future, making them more self-sufficient and strengthening their community.

“This project gives us a sense of fulfilment that we are actually helping people to produce their own food because aid can only do so much.

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February 26, 2017   Comments Off on Ireland: Galway Michelin chef backs project to fight poverty in Central Africa

Forum in Kigali, Rwanda: Growing Food In African Cities

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The State Minister for Agriculture, Fulgence Nsengiyumva, said at the event that there are about 450 hectares of marshlands developed for agriculture in Kigali City.

The Exchange
Feb 9, 2017

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Dr. Athanase Mukuralinda, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Rwanda Country representative, said that cities can for instance have vegetable gardens which can contribute to their food needs.

FAO Rwanda representative Attaher Maiga said that city dwellers can also engage in fish farming, which can be done in small spaces and can help reduce food insecurity.

Rwanda’s population is growing by 2.5 percent per year.

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February 15, 2017   Comments Off on Forum in Kigali, Rwanda: Growing Food In African Cities

Poverty-Fighting Community Garden In South Africa

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Mnqobi Mnguni, Mashange, RS Maqolo, AM Maqolo and Busie Maqwaza are ready to reap their first crop at the garden project in Lovu Township.

The garden currently uses four 10,000-litres tanks for water.

By Earl Baillache
South Coast Sun
Feb 8, 2017

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Zeph Mbuyisa initiated the project in Lovu Township in November by planting maize and the seven people working in the garden will reap their first harvest on about 15 February.

“We have two-and-a-half hectares we can cultivate but currently we are only using an area of 67 metres by 52 metres,” said Zeph.

“We are trying our best to alleviate poverty in the area. At the moment we have only grown maize, but we want to branch out into growing other crops and recruit stakeholders.

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February 12, 2017   Comments Off on Poverty-Fighting Community Garden In South Africa

Durban, South Africa: Man transforms vacant land into veggie garden to feed community

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“I told the boss that this was fertile land and that we should use it to grow veggies.”

By Amanda Khoza
News 24
Feb 6, 2017

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A filling station worker has turned a small plot of unused land at the Engen where he works into a garden producing veggies that feed the staff and local community.

Blessing Pondani, 30, originally from Malawi and now based in Greenwood Park in Durban, started working at the Engen Riverhorse Valley Convenience Centre when the filling station opened its doors in May last year.

He started off as a general cleaner until one day when he inspected the land around the filling station.

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February 10, 2017   Comments Off on Durban, South Africa: Man transforms vacant land into veggie garden to feed community

Flooding impacts urban agriculture in Zimbabwe

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Some urban farmers who spoke to ZwNews have expressed their fears that the floods being experienced in the country at the moment could lead to serious food insecurity.

By Lovemore Lubinda
ZWNews
Jan 20, 2017

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Kudakwashe Tagara, another Harare resident who last season had to send some of his urban farming produces to his parents in the rural areas (Mutoko) after they failed to harvest more to eat, said the floods have affected their livelihoods to a greater extent.

“The situation is compromising our ability to fend for our families; all my small fields dotted along the Mukuwisi River have been rendered a complete write-off. I won’t get anything this year, my aging parents in Mutoko depend on what I provide them,” he said.

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January 31, 2017   Comments Off on Flooding impacts urban agriculture in Zimbabwe