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By Gordon Prain (auth.), Gordon Prain, Diana Lee-Smith, Nancy Karanja (eds.)

Over the previous twenty years, how has city agriculture replaced in sub-Saharan Africa? Is urban farming now higher built-in into environmental administration and town governance? And, having a look forward, how could city agriculture handle the desires of the low-income families and modernizing towns of Africa? during this ebook, top experts within the fields of city agriculture and concrete setting current a special number of case experiences that examines the becoming function of neighborhood nutrition construction in city livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. among many concerns, the authors probe the altering function of city agriculture, the dangers and advantages of crop–livestock platforms, and the possibilities for making in the neighborhood produced meals extra simply on hand and extra ecocnomic. Concluding chapters think of the coverage and governance implications of higher integration of city typical assets and the equipped atmosphere, an accelerated position for city agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and the an important function of ladies in city nutrients structures. African city Harvest can be of curiosity to decision-makers, improvement pros, researchers, lecturers, and scholars and educators in city making plans, improvement stories, African experiences, and environmental studies.

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The Kampala studies are considerably more detailed, exploring many types of contaminants and different pathways. Chapter 9 looks at complex organic chemical compounds, which have hardly been examined in relation to urban agriculture previously, and derives policy guidelines for urban crop production in situations of air, soil, and water pollution based on empirical study. The study of water pollution affecting and caused by urban agriculture in Yaoundé found that the few large industries are the main sources of chemical contamination.

By contrast, less than 1 percent of organic solid waste generated in Nairobi is reused. In Nakuru, whereas over 90 percent of domestic waste generated by farming households is recycled, the vast majority of waste from nonfarming households is not, and ends up dumped in open spaces or, less commonly, removed to the municipal landfill. Nevertheless, despite the concentration of nutrients in manure, the recycling systems are imperfect. In Nakuru, on average 46 percent of urban and peri-urban produced manure is recycled, mostly for crop production within the same area, with a small amount being carried to rural farms or sold and about 14 percent being used in a variety of other ways including for biogas.

Some data from Kampala suggest further investigation is needed to explore a possible link between urban and peri-urban location and the keeping of livestock. 2 Urban Agriculture in Africa: What Has Been Learned? 23 Women in Sub-Saharan Africa are associated with agricultural production for subsistence rather than commerce (Hovorka & Lee-Smith 2006; Chapters 3 and 12 above). Nevertheless, the data from both Yaoundé and Nakuru in Chapters 3 and 12 suggest that this relationship is a cultural norm that could be changing in the practice of urban agriculture.

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