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The past, present and future of Urban Agriculture in Tanzania

The urban population benefits from it due to increased incomes and better nutrition

By Mvena, Z. S. K
Journal of Agricultural Economics and Development
1999: Vol 3


Urban agriculture in Tanzania has been in existence for many decades. Presently urban agriculture is both extensive and intensive. Urban farmers come from all walks of life. From highly placed government civil servants and wealthy businessmen to the most disadvantaged slum dwellers. Urban
agriculture is constrained by a number of factors including the legal restrictions which dictate the type of crops to be planted and the number of livestock an urban farmer should keep. This paper highlights the potential of urban agriculture, its constraints and possible solutions.

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December 23, 2020   Comments Off on The past, present and future of Urban Agriculture in Tanzania

Africa: Urban female farmers defeat hunger in Zimbabwe

“It is all because they see their men struggling to make both ends meet that women in cities and towns here occupied available land spaces to plant crops to supplement their domestic food needs,”

By Jeffrey Moyo


Over the past one decade female farmers in landlocked southern African country Zimbabwe’s urban landscape are not only bridging gaps in food security but bringing additional incomes to their families.

When Denis Chihota, working as a messenger in one of the government departments in the capital Harare, was unable to earn enough to attend to the family with six children, his 47-year-old wife Madeline ventured into farming.

Even as growing crops in the middle of cities remains illegal, Madeline has harvested four tons of maize on the patches of land around her home, despite rough weather and little rain this year. She says that her endeavor in farming not only defeated hunger but has also supplemented the income of her family.

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South Africa: Meet Durban’s urban farmers

Digging in: nine of the 10-member Durban green team. (Photo: Wanda Hennig)

Durban’s green team is reaping the rewards of resourcefulness. During lockdown they became urban farmers, switching from homeless to homegrown. Friends who jeered now cheer.

By Wanda Hennig
Daily Maverick
4 December 2020


Meet “Durban’s green team”, which is the name this spirited collective of “urban farmers” – as they get a palpable kick out of calling themselves – have adopted. The idea to plant veggies was conceived during the first week of intense Covid-19 lockdown back in March 2020.

Before that some of them were living on the street. Others found themselves homeless when displaced by the ramifications of coronavirus.

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Congo: Building a Garden Out of Gorilla Poop

Members of the Fossey Fund Biodiversity Research team work to identify plants in the rainforest.

They are used to grow locally prized medicinal plants and edible wild fruits, which can be distributed to community members near the Nkuba Conservation Area (NCA).

Gorilla Fund
Nov 15, 2020


Not far from the village of Nkuba, in a remote area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the critically endangered Grauer’s gorillas roam, lies a two-and-a-half acre field—just a bit bigger than a soccer field­—that holds special promise for scientists and conservationists.

The Fossey Fund created this 100-by-100-meter botanical garden near our office using gorilla dung that our trackers and researchers collected in the field. But why go to all the trouble of collecting and transporting poop?

The “poop garden” project was born as a scientific experiment to generate information and data on the germination rate of plants grown from seeds found in Grauer’s gorilla dung. Using this information, we can better understand the role of gorillas in seed dispersal and forest maintenance.

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Ghana: Embrace Urban Agriculture – Mayor

Mr Assibey-Antwi, addressing the 36th annual farmers’ day celebration at Duase near Kumas

“Our focus is to have a paradigm shift, where agriculture will be seen as a business that responds to the economic growth of the country,” the Mayor noted.

Nov 7, 2020

Residents of Kumasi, Ghana’s second-largest city, should take a keen interest in urban agriculture, Mr Osei Assibey-Antwi, the Mayor, has advised.

“The little available spaces in our homes could be harnessed to grow crops to ensure sustainable development of agriculture,” he said, assuring that the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) was committed to supporting that cause.

Currently, the metropolis has about 30,000 smallholder farmers engaged mainly in vegetable and livestock production.

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Kenya: The impact of COVID-19 on the food system in Nairobi

Samuel Ikua/Mazingira Institute

Consumers could practice urban agriculture to boost household food security.

By Samuel Ikua
Oct 15, 2020


Kevin and Sylvester are members of an urban farming youth group in an informal settlement in Nairobi. They specialize in dairy goats but also produce indigenous chicken and vegetables. The milk produced is used by their households and for sale to their neighbors. Kevin says their urban agriculture contributes to food and nutrition security in the community since most of their dairy goat milk customers are parents with children under the age of 5, as well as adults with diverse health complications.

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Kenya: Kitchen garden models ideal for urban farming

Dagoretti South chief agricultural officer Elizabet Nzambuli at one of the kitchen gardens at Kilimo House, Nairobi, Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY

The Agriculture ministry is encouraging urban dwellers to set up kitchen gardens

By Agatha Ngotho
The Star
Oct 5, 2020


Kitchen gardens have been proven as one of the easiest and fastest ways households can ensure inexpensive, regular and handy supply of fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices.

Agriculture CAS Anne Nyaga says well-planned kitchen gardens can also guarantee households access to a healthy diet that contains adequate macro and micronutrients as many different kinds of foods can be produced.

The ministry is encouraging people who live in urban areas to even have kitchen gardens at their verandas.

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