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Addresses marginalized topic of urban agriculture within the histories of agricultural research and urban institutions and policy
Presents original research from Cameroon, Uganda and Kenya
Offers ideas on the future of urban agriculture in light of potential institutional change
Co-published with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Over the past two decades, how has urban agriculture changed in sub-Saharan Africa? Is city farming now better integrated into environmental management and city governance? And, looking ahead, how might urban agriculture address the needs of the low-income households and modernizing cities of Africa?
In this book, leading specialists in the fields of urban agriculture and urban environment present a unique collection of case studies that examines the growing role of local food production in urban livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. Amongst many issues, the authors probe the changing role of urban agriculture, the risks and benefits of crop–livestock systems, and the opportunities for making locally produced food more easily available and more profitable. Concluding chapters reflect on the policy and governance implications of greater integration of urban natural resources and the built environment, an expanded role for urban agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and the crucial role of women in urban food systems.
African Urban Harvest will be of interest to decision-makers, development professionals, researchers, academics, and students and educators in urban planning, development studies, African studies, and environmental studies.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Africa - agroforestry - development - famine - forestry - urban agriculture - urban development