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40 Percent Of The World’s Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

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Gideon and Steven are brothers who farm maize, onions and other vegetables. Photo: Nana Kofi Acquah / IWMI

Somewhere around 1.1 billion acres is being cultivated for food in or within about 12 miles (20 kilometers) of cities.

By Eliza Barclay
NPR
November 12, 2014

Excerpt:

Anne Thebo, an environmental engineer at the University of California-Berkeley and the study’s lead author, says that the research revealed that a surprisingly large number of urban farms rely on irrigation, especially in South Asia. Since many cities in this region are growing rapidly and already face challenges accessing enough water, these farms end up competing with the city for the scarce resource.

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November 20, 2014   No Comments

CNN Inside Africa: Three short films about urban agriculture in the city of Cape Town and the townships

How to grow your own food

CNN Inside Africa
November 3, 2014
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Soil for Life is a South African organization teaching people how to look after the planet. CNN’s Soni Methu reports.

Food garden transforms struggling school

CNN Inside Africa
November 3, 2014
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CNN’s Soni Methu explores how a food garden has improved the lives of students at Cape Town’s Cavalleria Primary School.

Cape Town hearts city farms

CNN Inside Africa
November 3, 2014
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CNN’s Soni Methu explores innovative spaces, including rooftops and parking lots, where people are growing their own food.

November 13, 2014   Comments Off

Uganda: Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) boosts city farmers

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A farmer from Mutungo II parish, Nakkazi Hafiwa (left) receive chicks from the Chairperson of Nakawa Division Benjamin Kalumba (right). Looking on are two area LC5 councilors Emiri Babirye and Adam Kibuka. Photo/Ronnie Kijjambu.

A total of 614 farmers in Makindye and Nakawa division have been supported with 50,000 Chicks and start up feeds to boost their household incomes.

By Juliet Waiswa
New Vision
Nov 3, 2014

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Launching the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) Programme first batch of birds in Kampala, Musisi told the Farmer Forum Groups that she will endeavor to request government to increase NAADS funding to urban farmers saying that the programmes have registered success.

This is the first group of farmers to benefit in this first quarter as farmers in Kampala.

Over 1,188 farmers in Kampala will benefitted from NAADS in this first quarter.

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November 11, 2014   Comments Off

Global assessment of urban and peri-urban agriculture: irrigated and rainfed croplands

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Understanding the role of urban and peri-urban crop production in urban food security at scale remains a major knowledge gap in the field of urban agriculture.

By A L Thebo1, P Drechsel and E F Lambin
Environmental Research Letters
Published 3 November 2014

Abstract

The role of urban agriculture in global food security is a topic of increasing discussion. Existing research on urban and peri-urban agriculture consists largely of case studies that frequently use disparate definitions of urban and peri-urban agriculture depending on the local context and study objectives. This lack of consistency makes quantification of the extent of this practice at the global scale difficult. This study instead integrates global data on croplands and urban extents using spatial overlay analysis to estimate the global area of urban and peri-urban irrigated and rainfed croplands.

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November 11, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Agriculture and Urban Forestry in Africa Featured in FAO Publication

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Farmers holding freshly harvested cassava (Manihot esculenta). Murango, Kenya Photo credit: © Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Frederic Courbet.

Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa’s Urban Food and Nutrition Equation

Nature & Faune
Enhancing natural resources management for food security in Africa Volume 28, Issue 2, 2014
Editor: Foday Bojang
Deputy Editor: Ada Ndeso-Atanga
FAO Regional Office for Africa

Excerpt:

Message to Readers
By Bukar Tijani1

The special feature in this edition highlights the contribution of trees, shrubs and other woody plants to food and nutrition as acknowledged in the first ever ?State of the World‘s Forest Genetic Resources? report published by FAO in June 2014. Also under the Special Feature, Martin Nganje points to the fact that forests contribute directly towards food security and improved nutrition on the African continent through their non-timber forest products. Moreover, he examines how forests contribute towards food self-sufficiency in ways other than through their edible parts. Michela Conigliaro , Simone Borelli and Fabio Salbitano in turn provide some examples of how the efforts towards the protection and restoration of forests and tree cover in and around African cities can make a substantive contribution to alleviating poverty and reducing malnutrition and in ensuring a more environmentally and socio-economically sustainable urban development.

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October 23, 2014   Comments Off

Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister: ‘Investing in urban agriculture is another area that needs serious consideration’

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Gardening in Namibia. By Mike Knight.

“Last years drought has taught us that … our duty is to plan and shape the urban agricultural system in ways that will alleviate hunger and poverty …”

By Mandisa Rasmeni
The Economist
17 October 2014

Excerpt:

Organisation in order to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming,” said Hausiku.
Hon. Hausiku added that the commemoration of the World Food Day is one of many actions that can be taken at a political and technical level in creating awareness among urban dwellers on the impact of food waste. He also added that it creates a platform to sensitize the nation on the importance of food banks and other initiatives which promote food security in the country.

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October 22, 2014   Comments Off

Nourrir Les Villes, Défi de L’agriculture Familiale

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Des innovations locales et paysannes en Afrique de l’Ouest

By Isabelle Duquesne – responsable programme Agriculture et Alimentation, CFSI and
Hélène Basquin – chargée d’information Agriculture et Alimentation, CFSI
CFSI and Fondation de France
Oct 2014

Nourrir les villes par l’agriculture familiale locale : c’est le but commun à 110 actions concrètes engagées depuis 2010 en Afrique de l’Ouest. Ce sont plusieurs milliers d’hommes et de femmes, leurs organisations et leurs partenaires (ONG françaises, européennes et africaines) qui ont relevé le triple défi d’aujourd’hui et de demain : nourrir leurs familles et les populations des villes ouest-africaines en pleine expansion, créer de l’emploi en milieu rural et gérer de façon respectueuse les ressources naturelles.

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October 7, 2014   Comments Off

A Farm Garden in South Africa – ‘Baboons in abundance!’

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No the snake is not real. It is one of the toy rubber snakes that we use to keep the baboons away.

Our primary concern is to ensure that our farm staff have access to fresh vegetables. I have tried to introduce “African Leafy Vegetables” (ALV’s) and locally known as morogo or imifino. The ALV’s most popular in African cooking are Amaranth, Cowpeas (Vigna), Cleome, Chinese Cabbage (Brassica Rapa), Nightshade, Solanum nigrum, Jew’s Mallow (Corchorus), and the leaves and flowers of pumpkins and melons.

By Anne Armstrong
Special to City Farmer News
Haut Espoir Winery
South Africa
Oct 3, 2014

Here is my story about the trials and successes of our farm garden. In 2000, we started our vineyard on steep slopes in Franschhoek, which is approximately one hour’s drive from Cape Town. Our first task was to cut down all the alien invasive trees on the farm, and I have strong memories of Jack the Staffie perched on a fallen log, barking madly to claim his territory and warn off the pesky Familiar Chats and Sunbirds. Jack’s “territory” was an area of sloping land, and we were never quite sure what to do with it. Orchard? Labyrinth? Another house?

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October 3, 2014   Comments Off

Make urban agriculture attractive says ‘Best’ farmer in Ghana

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From Left to Right: 2012 Best Farmer, Lemuel Kwashie Martey, Hon. Namoale, President John Mahama, and Hon. Kwesi Ahwoi.

Urban agriculture contributed about 30 per cent of the food consumed in the country

Via Ghana Web
Sept 23, 2014

Mr. Lemuel Kwashie Martey, the 2012 National Best Farmer and owner of Mannah Farms Limited in the Greater Accra Region, has appealed to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to make urban agriculture attractive.

According to him, urban agriculture contributed about 30 per cent of the food consumed in the country, therefore, it needed to be supported to improve the living conditions of the farmers and also the quality of urban air.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr. Martey asked the Government not to give away all the state lands in the urban areas for real estate development but earmark certain areas for food cultivation.

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September 30, 2014   Comments Off

Irrigated Urban Vegetable Production In Ghana:

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Characteristics, Benefits And Risk Mitigation

Edited by Pay Drechsel and Bernard Keraita
Second Edition
IWMI
September 2014

The second edition of this book presents updated research findings on urban and peri-urban agriculture and vegetable farming in Ghana’s major cities with a special focus on the risks and risk mitigation related to the use of polluted water sources as it is common across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Foreword to the Second Edition

Over the last 10 years, the International Water Management Institute’s research in Ghana has had a major thrust in urban agriculture in general and (wastewater) irrigated vegetable farming in particular. The first edition of this book was published in 2006 under the title Irrigated Urban Vegetable Production in Ghana: Characteristics, Benefits and Risks –demand was high and it eventually ran out of print but the research resulted in many new studies that have improved our knowledge of the subject.

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September 19, 2014   Comments Off

FAO publication – Manual ‘A vegetable garden for all’

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Graphical interface makes an easy read for all

2014 FAO 5th Edition
260 pages
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A Vegetable Garden for All is a self-instruction manual in family horticultural production, prepared originally by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, in support of the Technical Cooperation Network for Food Production.

The objective of this manual is to present a technology suitable for family horticultural production and consumption. It is a manual for small-scale farmers, school teachers, children, and urban and peri-urban families with access to small plots of land. Better nutrition and better incomes can be achieved through families working in horticultural production.

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September 8, 2014   Comments Off

Tyisa Nabanye – Urban Farm in Cape Town, South Africa

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Various project undertakings include an organic vegetable garden, an indigenous nursery, a monthly market

By Catherine Nicks
Project Manager
August 2014

We are a non-profit urban agriculture organisation growing food on the slopes of Signal Hill in Cape Town, South Africa, seeking to improve food security, promote sustainable livelihoods and create employment for our members. Tyisa Nabanye, consisting of eight members; Mzu, Lumko, Unathi, Chuma, Lizza, Vuyo, Masi and myself, started a permaculture vegetable garden created out of the voluntary labour or youth living on the site, among whom are two graduates of the Permaculture Design Course at Seed in Mitchell’s Plain.

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August 24, 2014   Comments Off

City of Windhoek, the Capital of Namibia, to turn riverbeds into gardens

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Windhoek Mayor Agnes Mpingana Kafula.

“We have that potential to create green riverbeds where people can put up gardens and harvest vegetables for their consumption and selling purposes.”

By Albertina Nakale
The Era
July 23, 2014

Excerpt:

In an attempt to tackle food insecurity within its boundaries, Windhoek plans to turn the many scattered riverbeds where criminals often hide into gardens to produce food for the needy.

Produce from such gardens will be availed to the city’s poor who find themselves at the receiving end of starvation.

The informal settlement population in Windhoek is growing at the rate of between 4 and 5 percent per year. The majority of this population are poor.

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July 30, 2014   Comments Off

How Kampalans are turning urban agriculture into a source of income and good nutrition – Uganda

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The View of 50x 30 ft Camp Green from the entrance.

Dr. Micheal Kirya, the manager for Agriculture and Agri-business at KCCA, says operations like Kanyike’s make good sense in urban settings.

By Flavia Nassaka
The Independent
13 July 2014

Excerpt:

She started out by planting a few vegetables in flower vases on her veranda until she realized that anything can be turned into a garden. She started planting vegetables in polythene bags, sacks, used car tyres, jerrycans and anything that came her way. She even ventured into chicken rearing on her 50 by 30 ft plot of land. With time, the produce increased and she could no longer consume all of it.

“I started selling some vegetables like spinach, peppermint and stinking rose to my neighbors. Little did I know that my entrepreneurial gardening endeavor would also help support my children’s education and health,” she said with a contented smile.

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July 15, 2014   Comments Off

Nairobi, Kenya – Transforming Local Government For Agriculture in a Megacity

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Colour presentation

By Diana Lee-Smith
Associate, Mazingira Institute
P O Box 14186 Nairobi 00800, Kenya
May 28, 2014

Contents:

•How urban agriculture helps food security
•Nairobi’s food system inequalities
•Small food businesses
•Drivers of transformation: the policy process
•Realizing the Right to Food through spatial planning and small agribusiness promotion

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July 4, 2014   Comments Off