Urban Agroforestry Products in Kisumu, Kenya: A Rapid Market Assessment
As researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the National Museums of Kenya, we undertook the work described here as a contribution to Kenya’s national development agenda, articulated in policies such as the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) and Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation in Kenya after the change of government in December 2002. Those policies’ priorities of ensuring food security and livelihood support systems require the identification of activities that can provide a basis for localized action. Urban hunger and poverty are major issues, and urban agriculture (UA) is one such activity that can play an important role in reducing poverty and enhancing opportunities for wealth creation. In a region experiencing declines in agricultural productivity and competitiveness resulting in national-level food insecurity (Cunningham et al. 2008), producing food and non-food agroforestry products nevertheless provides many with a meaningful sense of food and income security.
KeywordsInformal Settlement Urban Agriculture Urban Market Tree Nursery Food Poverty
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