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Title:Feeding Africa's Cities: The Role and Potential for Urban Agriculture
Author:Rogerson, Christian M.ISNI
Periodical:Africa Insight
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:food security
urban areas
urban agriculture
food production
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Urbanization and Migration
Abstract:Until recently, the burgeoning literature on food security issues accorded only a passing mention to the problems of the urban poor in the developing world. Nonetheless, with escalating levels of urbanization, expanding populations and a declining ability of many countries to feed themselves, the supply of food for the urban populations of Africa no longer is a matter that can be taken for granted. Acute pressures have been placed on the food supply and production systems of many African cities. Two major suggested solutions for attaining greater food security are to stimulate hinterland food-carrying capacity or to encourage gardening and food production within urban areas. This article focuses upon the second solution. More particularly, it assesses the role of urban agriculture in Africa and its potential contribution to feeding the cities as a broader element of sustainable development policy. Three segments of discussion are presented: the case for urban agriculture, the role of urban cultivation in Africa and the current state of policy debates about urban agriculture. Ref.