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Title:Does Access to Land Have a Positive Impact on the Food Situation of the Urban Poor? A Case Study in Nairobi
Authors:Foeken, DickISNI
Mwangi, Alice M.ISNI
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Notes:biblio. refs., maps
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:agricultural land
urban households
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Urbanization and Migration
urban population
Nairobi (Kenya)
Urban land
food supply
Abstract:In order to make ends meet, many poor urban households in sub-Saharan Africa fall back on farming activities, either within the city boundaries or in the rural areas from which they come. The central question raised in this article is whether access to farmland influences a household's food situation. The findings come from a study on urban agriculture in Korogocho, one of two slum areas in Nairobi, Kenya, where a survey was conducted in 1994. The results suggest that access to land does have a positive impact on the welfare situation of urban households, although not necessarily on the food situation as well. Nonetheless, households with access to a rural plot seem to be better off than households without access to any land, at least in terms of the overall food situation as perceived by the respondents themselves. In addition, households with access to a rural plot only also seem to be better off than those with access to only an urban plot. This would imply that access to rural land is more favourable for a household's food situation than access to urban land. The fact that half of the very poor households in Korogocho claiming to have access to rural land did not use that land themselves further suggests that the situation may be more complex than is generally assumed. Bibliogr., note, sum.