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Title:Urban Food Producers' Decision Making: A Case Study of Kibera, City of Nairobi, Kenya
Author:Dennery, Pascale R.
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly (ISSN 0747-6108)
Notes:biblio. refs., maps
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:urban agriculture
urban households
Urbanization and Migration
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics, Commerce
Decision making
land use
food production
Kibera (Kenya)
Abstract:Using primarily qualitative research methods, the author investigated decisionmaking and resource allocation by urban farmers in Kibera, a large informal settlement of Nairobi, Kenya, looking at such factors as access to land and security of tenure, household economic status, the value farmers attached to the food they produced, the producer's position in the household, control over and access to labour, and the relationships between urban food producers and the communities to which they belong. Fieldwork was carried out between August and October 1994. The author found that the factors which most influenced the practices of urban farmers were the availability of cash within the household, the value producers placed on food for home consumption, the availability of labour, and the risks associated with insecure land tenure, theft and land degradation. Gender played a significant role in labour management issues. Contact among producers was usually limited and producer organizations tended to last only a few months. In sum, urban food production was found to be an important livelihood strategy for low income Kibera households. Produce is a multiple use resource, providing food, generating revenues from sales, and allowing savings on food expenditure, and produce has an exchange value in that it is used to meet other basic needs. However, the amount and types of produce are not sufficient to meet all household food needs. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French.