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Forty per cent of African urban households are thought to practice urban farming

Saturday, January 2, 2016 17:40
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Young Farmers in Kibera.

Implementing The Right To Food Enshrined In Kenya’s Constitution

By Diana Lee-Smith And Davinder Lamba
Kenya Star
Jan. 02, 2016


Forty per cent of African urban households are thought to practice urban farming, mostly to supplement their diet and save on food expenses. But many, especially urban livestock keepers, also sell part of their production, such as milk and eggs, which provide useful extra income. Fresh produce from urban agriculture also contributes to good health and nutrition. Children in urban households consuming animal source foods (ASF) are healthier, indicating urban livestock-keeping is a good thing. Around 20 per cent of Nairobi households farm in the city and seven per cent keep livestock. This adds up to 200,000 households, while thousands of cattle, sheep and goats were counted in the 2009 census.

Most of these belong to middle-income households however. They have backyards and can farm more easily than the poor who live in crowded informal settlements and usually farm in open spaces. Poor people are constantly losing access to a place to grow crops or keep livestock, which means their right to adequate food and nutrition is under threat from competing land uses. Planning urban open spaces for low-income households, especially female-headed households, to grow crops and keep livestock is a priority in realising the right to adequate food and nutrition.

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Source: http://www.cityfarmer.info/2016/01/02/forty-per-cent-of-african-urban-households-are-thought-to-practice-urban-farming/
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