By Gordon Prain (auth.), Gordon Prain, Diana Lee-Smith, Nancy Karanja (eds.)
Over the previous twenty years, how has city agriculture replaced in sub-Saharan Africa? Is urban farming now larger built-in into environmental administration and town governance? And, taking a look forward, how may perhaps city agriculture deal with the desires of the low-income families and modernizing towns of Africa? during this e-book, major experts within the fields of city agriculture and concrete surroundings current a different number of case reviews that examines the turning out to be position of neighborhood foodstuff creation in city livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. among many concerns, the authors probe the altering position of city agriculture, the hazards and merits of crop–livestock structures, and the possibilities for making in the community produced nutrients extra simply on hand and extra ecocnomic. Concluding chapters think of the coverage and governance implications of better integration of city normal assets and the equipped surroundings, an extended function for city agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and the an important function of girls in city meals platforms. African city Harvest can be of curiosity to decision-makers, improvement pros, researchers, lecturers, and scholars and educators in city making plans, improvement reports, African reviews, and environmental studies.
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Lee-Smith affecting humans. Chapter 9 is a summarized version of our companion book addressing how to ensure “Healthy City Harvests” from urban agriculture (Cole et al. 2008). While drawing on concepts and perspectives in the field of public health, it is rooted in an urban ecosystems health approach. For example, an important public health tool utilized in the studies reported in Chapter 9 is Health Impact Assessment (HIA), which has often focused heavily on risk assessment. But studies of urban agriculture, including those reported in this chapter, have retained a balanced examination of both health benefits – such as from food security and improved nutrition – and health risks – such as from chemical and biological contaminants (Lee-Smith & Prain 2006).
But studies of urban agriculture, including those reported in this chapter, have retained a balanced examination of both health benefits – such as from food security and improved nutrition – and health risks – such as from chemical and biological contaminants (Lee-Smith & Prain 2006). Many of the chapters of this book seek to understand the positive and negative impacts on ecosystem health of different urban agricultural activities, such as the case of livestock mentioned above. Research in Nairobi and Nakuru (Chapters 10 and 11) not only report the potential environmental and economic benefits of recycling solid wastes for composting, but also show how their use in agriculture can be a pathway for negative human health effects, especially when the wastes contain heavy metals.
Gordon Prain and Diana Lee-Smith Introduction 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.
African Urban Harvest: Agriculture in the Cities of Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda by Gordon Prain (auth.), Gordon Prain, Diana Lee-Smith, Nancy Karanja (eds.)