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Title:Peri-Urban Agriculture: A Case of Small Scale Peasant Cultivation in and around Zambian Towns and Cities with Special Reference to Lusaka
Author:Mulenga, Mark C.
Year:1995
Periodical:Eastern and Southern Africa Geographical Journal
Volume:6
Issue:1
Period:December
Pages:1-16
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zambia
Central Africa
Subjects:urban agriculture
Urbanization and Migration
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
Economic geography
Agricultural population
Farms, Small
Lusaka (Zambia)
Abstract:This paper examines small-scale peasant cultivation in and around Lusaka (Zambia). Small-scale peasant cultivation is an illegal informal sector activity carried out mainly by lower-income urban households to supplement the income derived from low paying formal sector occupations. Small-scale peasant cultivation is actively encouraged by a number of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and is tolerated and indirectly supported by the government. It has an important economic role among low-income households, providing not only a vital supplement to household income but also employment for unemployed adults. Periurban peasant cultivation has created a problem for both the government and the district councils in that there appears to be a contradiction between the government's wish to promote farming on the one hand, and its desire to enforce periurban legislation on the other. The author pays attention to small-scale peasant gardens, cultivated food crops, garden size, technology and labour input, crop yields and distribution of produce, and problems affecting peasant cultivation, identifying scarcity of land as the most pressing problem. Bibliogr., sum.
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