An assessment of the effectiveness of urban agriculture as a strategy for improving food security in Mt Darwin urban
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This study is an analysis of the contribution of urban crop production to household food security in Mt Darwin urban. The major aim of the study was to make an investigation into urban agriculture as a strategy of improving food security in Mt Darwin urban. The study sought to establish the level of contribution of urban crop cultivation to household food security. In-depth interviews, observations and official data are some of the research techniques which were used to gather the relevant data for this study. A total of 88% of the urban farmers confirmed that urban agriculture is a helpful livelihood activity towards improving food security in their households. This confirmed that urban agriculture has a significant contribution to household food security for those who practice it as supported by the key informants. The research was also meant to identify key challenges faced by those engaging in urban agriculture in Mt Darwin. The research came up with recommendations to the government and local authority to fully support urban agriculture through allocation of land, provide farmer input support and development of a clear comprehensive policy framework as well as coming up with relevant legislation concerning urban agriculture.
- Department of Geography