Urban Farming Promises Nutritional Boost for Africa

As food prices spike, urban areas burgeon and crops fail, researchers have found promise in the most unlikely of places – cities. Experts have tapped urban agriculture as a promising solution to food insecurity and malnutrition in Africa.

A Nairobi City Market trader shows his goods.

  • Africa:  Urban Agriculture - Look to Kampala

    Stockholm Resilience Centre, 6 August 2012

    When it comes to food production, urban agriculture is considered to be something of an ugly duckling. It goes against most accepted city planning approaches, and farmers are ... read more »

  • Africa:  Transforming Nutrition - Assessing the Size of the Task

    Institute of Development Studies, 15 October 2012

    Tuesday is World Food Day and – given that world food prices are once again making the headlines, it seems timely to be assessing the state of undernutrition in the world. ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Urban Poor Missing Out On Vital Nutrients

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 12 October 2012

    In slums around the world, the sight of food vendors along dusty alleys, serving customers as they wave away flies, is common. Many of these consumers do not consider themselves ... read more »

  • Africa:  Africa Aims for Food Self-Sufficiency

    ThinkAfricaPress, 19 October 2012

    This year's World Food Day celebrations arrived at a time of growing reflection on the performance of Africa's current food security model. read more »

  • Africa:  At World Food Prize Ceremony, UN Secretary-General Calls for New Approaches to Combat Hunger

    UN News Service, 19 October 2012

    Innovative approaches and technologies as well as a strong political will from countries are essential to combat hunger, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Kenyans Hop to Rabbit Farming

    AlertNet, 18 October 2012

    Small and furry are not the words that usually come to mind when one thinks of Kenyan livestock. But they describe exactly the animals that Charles Mwangi farms. read more »