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Title:Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA): a sustainable livelihood and poverty reduction strategy for effective local governance
Author:Essandoh-Yeddu, Faustina
Periodical:Journal of Local Government Studies (ISSN 2026-5840)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:urban agriculture
local government
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
food security
sustainable development
Abstract:This paper discusses urban agriculture (UA), which has provided a means of livelihood for some urban dwellers, served as a source of employment for youth, women and others, and could also be a major strategy for securing household food security and reducing poverty in Ghana. However, without an appropriate framework, local governments will not be able to exact these advantages while managing the competing demands for the use of urban land. Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) should be equipped to develop strategies to promote and manage UA for its advantages and regulate its conduct. The paper explains why officials often have negative attitudes toward UA; identifies the factors that could contribute to changing local authorities' attitudes in incorporating UA in their plans, including managing land use and urban waste through UA and peri-urban agriculture; gender mainstreaming; policy formulation/planning implications, etc. It also examines the local government system, where decentralization is the pivot around which the MMDAs run, and stresses the important role MMDAs could play in promoting UA in their communities. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]