07 Sep #InnovationMonth: Revolutionising agriculture through urban farming
All across Africa, populations are growing rapidly. Many people are vulnerable to malnutrition and other food-related diseases, limited healthcare and high rates of unemployment.
The result is that more and more people are streaming towards cities hoping to find jobs and earning an income. According to the United Nations, in 2013, sub-Saharan Africa’s annual urban growth rate was 3.6% – almost double the world average. Importantly, as this migration takes place, an increasing number of urban gardens and farms are taking root too.
This growth in urban agriculture is helping poor people cope with food scarcity and hunger. These urban populations are taking control of much of their own food production, growing crops or raising livestock in backyards or on undeveloped plots of land. This not only helps to alleviate hunger, but also offers many people a viable income as they find markets for their produce. In turn, this reduces the economic burden on productive communities and opens new doors of opportunity as urban informal markets gain traction. Across Africa, stories of resourcefulness in urban agriculture abound as people fight for their livelihood.
So much is being achieved through sheer necessity. Imagine what could be achieved with additional support, knowledge, and resources?