Urban Agriculture in Africa: What Has Been Learned?

  • Gordon Prain
  • Diana Lee-Smith


Though the crisis in world food prices exploded during 2008, the problem of urban food insecurity in Africa has been a fact of life for many low-income urban dwellers for decades, and especially since the period of structural adjustment in the 1980s (Maxwell 1995). It is not that there is no food; it’s that poor urban consumers cannot afford it. This is the stark but simple truth lying behind much of the agriculture that is widespread within and around African cities. What urban households have known and practiced for generations, urban decision-makers have begun to recognize much more recently: urban agriculture is a livelihood strategy.


Social Capital Urban Agriculture Urban Ecosystem Livelihood Strategy Urban Household 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Urban HarvestInternational Potato Center (CIP)LimaPeru
  2. 2.Mazingira InstituteNairobiKenya

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