Institutional Development of Urban Agriculture – An Ongoing History of Yaoundé



The premise of this chapter is that urban agriculture (UA), though widespread, lacks an adequate institutional response. The study presented is based on empirical surveys carried out in 2002–2003, but it is also an urban history, presenting a rich description coming from 20 years of documentary research on Yaoundé by the lead author. We also went back to examine and make a critique of the way the Yaoundé Structure Plan of 1981 was put together and, in doing so, engaged the collaboration of representatives of a variety of institutions involved with UA. Our basic question throughout has been to what extent the reality of UA has found expression in institutions. The study was one of those executed by the inter-disciplinary team mentioned in Chapter 3, who presented their findings collectively at the Town Hall exhibition and public meeting in Yaoundé in early 2004. This meeting again brought together the main stakeholders involved in UA, as a way of moving forward the agenda of institutional development.


Civil Society Waste Management Informal Sector Urban Agriculture Central Province 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut National de Cartographie (INC)YaoundeCameroon
  2. 2.Communaute Urbaine de Yaounde (CUY)YaoundeCameroon

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