Africa's Quest for Food Security: The Role of Urban Agriculture



Publisher:
The African Capacity Building Foundation
Publication Date:
1 September 2012
Tags:
Africa, Food and Agriculture

The history of urban agriculture in Africa dates to the colonial era when farming flourished in urban areas, largely to meet consumption needs of bureaucrats, settlers, and other elites. Today, urban agriculture is becoming increasingly significant as a source of household food, a trend that is closely linked to declining incomes of vulnerable urban households in the wake of neoliberal economic restructuring, high rates of urbanisation, and the need to serve an emerging niche market in African cities.