African Urban Harvest: Agriculture in the Cities of by Gordon Prain (auth.), Gordon Prain, Diana Lee-Smith, Nancy

By Gordon Prain (auth.), Gordon Prain, Diana Lee-Smith, Nancy Karanja (eds.)

Over the previous twenty years, how has city agriculture replaced in sub-Saharan Africa? Is urban farming now larger built-in into environmental administration and town governance? And, taking a look forward, how could city agriculture tackle the wishes of the low-income families and modernizing towns of Africa? during this booklet, best experts within the fields of city agriculture and concrete surroundings current a distinct selection of case reviews that examines the becoming function of neighborhood foodstuff construction in city livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. among many concerns, the authors probe the altering function of city agriculture, the hazards and advantages of crop–livestock structures, and the possibilities for making in the community produced nutrients extra simply to be had and extra ecocnomic. Concluding chapters think about the coverage and governance implications of larger integration of city common assets and the outfitted setting, an extended function for city agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and the the most important position of girls in city foodstuff structures. African city Harvest should be of curiosity to decision-makers, improvement execs, researchers, teachers, and scholars and educators in city making plans, improvement reports, African experiences, and environmental studies.

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Was food security or wealth generation the major goal for urban families? What was the relative contribution of livestock and crop production to the urban economy and society? How was agriculture combined with other occupations in household livelihoods and what were the roles of men and women? To what extent did it mobilize urban, periurban, and rural natural resources for productive ends, and what conflicts existed, especially for land and water? Was urban agriculture safe? Did its health benefits outweigh any possible risks?

1) while still providing a significant contribution to income. Formal employment, business, and trade tend to dominate, except for the commercial producers in the inland valleys of Yaoundé, who can sell dry-season vegetables grown using waste-water irrigation for more than double the wet-season price. Few employment alternatives are as lucrative and incomes are estimated to be about 50 percent above the minimum wage. Likewise, the Kampala study notes that its findings, of 70 percent of heads of farming households earning more than 2 Urban Agriculture in Africa: What Has Been Learned?

Occupants of new slum areas of Kampala can access nearby wetlands as their main farming location whereas three-quarters of cultivation in the inner city is done on very small plots around the homestead. In peri-urban areas, plots are bigger and there is greater choice of location. Local races of livestock are likewise more common in peri-urban areas where they can be free-range or grazed, whereas zero-grazing and bird cages are essential in the space-constrained urban old and new areas where improved breeds do better.

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