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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

Liberia: Sharing The Economic Benefits Of Urban Agriculture

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Working on my nursery planted with cabbage and collard greens.

The Government of Liberia launched its urban and peri-urban farming program in 2011 to create jobs for the urban poor and to increase food production, especially in cities.

By Judoemue Kollie
Daily Observer
01/11/2017

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For me, realizing the skills I acquired in general agriculture from the Tumutu Agricultural Training Program, I returned to Monrovia in 2011 and began a garden project in my community in GSA Road, Paynesville, on a small plot of swamp land. On this plot of land, I plant different kinds of vegetables every year for additional income. Although I write on farming issues, my passion for agriculture is so overwhelming that I see it as a responsibility not only to write but to grow food for my family and the community.

I wake up every morning to visit my crops and do some work if needed before taking up other tasks. This year’s planting season, I am growing cabbage, collard greens, watermelons, water greens, peppers, bitter balls, eggplant and potato greens.

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January 18, 2017   Comments Off on Liberia: Sharing The Economic Benefits Of Urban Agriculture

Tanzania: The Many Faces of Small Scale Msimbazi Farmers

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“You know, most of the farmers in Msimbazi do not use modern agricultural methods. And most of them have less than one acre.”

By Hansjürg Jäger
All Africa
Jan 8, 2017

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Silvano and Silvestri sit on the edge of one of her pumpkin-fields. Both seem to be resting in the shed of the palm trees, the government planted in the late 1970’s. Silvano has been a practising farmer for over ten years now. Silvestri has more than 35 years of experience in farming on the small plots of Msimbazi. He has become a mwalimu (teacher), to many of the farmers in the fields. Upon asking about how many people he has already imparted his knowledge to, he laughs. “I don’t have a count but over the years, a lot of people have come in. I was lucky enough to help,” he says.

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January 16, 2017   Comments Off on Tanzania: The Many Faces of Small Scale Msimbazi Farmers

Book: Urban Agriculture for Growing City Regions – Connecting Urban-Rural Spheres in Casablanca

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The example of Casablanca, one of the fastest growing cities in North Africa

Edited by Undine Giseke, Maria Gerster-Bentaya, Frank Helten, Matthias Kraume, Dieter Scherer, Guido Spars, Fouad Amraoui, Abdelaziz Adidi, Said Berdouz, Mohemed Chlaida, Majid Mansour, Mohamed Mdafai
Routledge
2015

This book demonstrates how agriculture can play a determining role in sustainable, climate-optimised urban development. Agriculture within urban growth centres today is more than an economic or social left-over or a niche practice. It is instead a complex system that offers multiple potentials for tomorrow’s megacities. Urban open space and agriculture can be connected to productive urban landscapes – this forms new urban-rural linkages in the urban region and helps shape the city. But in order to do this, agriculture has to be seen as an integral part of the urban fabric and it has to be put on the local agenda.

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January 12, 2017   Comments Off on Book: Urban Agriculture for Growing City Regions – Connecting Urban-Rural Spheres in Casablanca

Nigeria: Recession – More urban dwellers turn to farming

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Until recently, the elite have relegated farming to the peasants mostly in rural areas, but the trend has changed as the high and mighty are now taking over farming, not just for subsistence, but for commerce.

By Ibraheem Hamza Muhammad
Daily Trust
Dec 31 2016

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Many high-ranking retired and serving government officials, military personnel, politicians, legislatures among others are into farming within cities. Some of the farms are around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and situated between Baran-Gwani village along Bwari-Jere road where they mostly engage in fish and livestock farming. The owners have staff quarters, have the place fenced, security lighting systems and (some) even have Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) that enable them monitor their farms from the comfort of their homes or even from any location around the world via internet wireless facilities.

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December 31, 2016   Comments Off on Nigeria: Recession – More urban dwellers turn to farming

South Africa: Western Cape Government Strategic Framework for Household Food and Nutrition Security

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The Framework adopts a food systems approach to analysing, interpreting and responding to the features of the wider food system that create and contribute to food insecurity.

By Sibonile Khoza, Tristan Görgens and Shakira Maharaj, Professor Julian May, Darryn Durno and more.
Western Cape Government
Sept 2016

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3.3.2 Urban agriculture and subsistence

Although most analysts agree that the direct contribution of urban agriculture to food security is small, support for this activity remains part of the policy toolkit41. Recent research has demonstrated that the viability of community development through urban agriculture extends beyond viewing the benefits in narrow economic terms. Applying a sustainable livelihood framework to urban agriculture in Cape Town has shown that increasing the resilience of livelihoods does not depend only on financial capital, but human, social, physical and economic capital as well. As is found in research throughout Africa, as well as in South Africa, the majority of the cultivators are middle-aged and older women who are household heads. Four types of urban agriculture occur in Cape Town, namely home cultivation, group cultivation, institutional cultivation and non-profit garden centres.

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December 20, 2016   Comments Off on South Africa: Western Cape Government Strategic Framework for Household Food and Nutrition Security

Kenya: Successful farming model tips for city dwellers with tiny spaces

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With this new system, urban dwellers can also practise portable garden hanging where various crops are grown in sacks. During planting, the sacks are filled with subsoil which are low in acidic content with neutral PH.

By Mercy Kahenda
Standard Media
Dec 8, 2016

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Besides livestock stands, the Nakuru Prison attracted numerous show goers to the Nakuru Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Show.

Its main attraction: an integrated urban farming method that entails a fish pond, a vegetable garden, a poultry house and a rabbit hutch.

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December 14, 2016   Comments Off on Kenya: Successful farming model tips for city dwellers with tiny spaces

Nigeria: Angel Adelaja, my life as a city farmer

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Angel Oluwayimika Adelaja is the CEO of Fresh Direct Nigeria, a city farming initiative using stackable containers.

We hope to be able to onboard 10,000 youth in areas that cut across agriculture and urban farming, distribution, sales/marketing, ag-tech and automation and much more.

By Yetunde Oladeindeon
The Nation
December 04, 2016

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Fresh Direct Nigeria is city farming using stackable container farms! We bring fresh premium organic produce closer to market with our Container Farm Technology. Using hydroponics and vertical farming within a shipping container, our Container Farms are able to grow directly in urban areas. This means that production is brought closer to market or at market with ease.

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December 10, 2016   Comments Off on Nigeria: Angel Adelaja, my life as a city farmer

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

Excerpt:

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

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

Excerpt:

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   Comments Off on Kenya: Kitchen garden that you eat from and carry

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

Excerpt:

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