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Zimbabwe’s Hard-Pressed City Dwellers Cultivate Urban Agriculture

Communal gardening, Zimbabwe.

By Taurai Shava
Gweru, Zimbabwe
Voice of America
25 Nov 2008

“In the past,” he said, “the growing of crops on the small pieces of land in urban areas is something that was looked down upon. For one to be seen going to work on those small fields was degrading. But now raising crops on these small fields has become very important because of the hunger that is stalking most people. Most working people never used to have anything to do with growing crops on these small fields; It was for housewives like myself.

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December 10, 2008   2 Comments

Urban Agriculture and Land Conflicts in Zimbabwe: The Case of Glen Norah Suburb in Harare


“The livelihood of a large number of people in cities in developing countries depends on urban agriculture. However, municipal governments to a large extent have looked upon agriculture as incompatible with urban development and as a relict from rural-urban migration that dwindles as cities and urban economies grow. Today economic hardships have necessitated the growth of Urban Agriculture (UA) in Zimbabwe and competition for land among the farmers themselves. Historically, no support has been given to poor urban farmers to enable them to have access to land to practice agriculture.”

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January 14, 2008   3 Comments