The contribution of urban crop production to household food security: a case of urban agriculture in Mufakose high density area
Muhlanga, Melisa N.
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Urban agriculture, as a coping strategy for food security, its multi-functionality has been recognized. It plays an important role in mitigating poverty, creating employment, social inclusive and public health, improving environmental performance and enhancing ecological biodiversity. Urban agriculture has been practised in Zimbabwe before and after independence. In this context, the study sought to assess and determine the level of contribution of urban crop production to household food security in Mufakose High Density Suburb. The case study used a variety of research techniques to gather the relevant data which include interviews, observations, household questionnaires and official data. The results of the study confirm that the urban farmers in Mufakose Area mainly grow maize, sweet potatoes and different types of vegetables. The findings also found out that urban crop production has a high significant contribution to household food security for those who practice it. The research also identified shortage of land and lack of inputs as key challenges faced by people engaged in urban agriculture in the study area. Hence, makes recommendations to the government and local authority to fully support urban agriculture through allocation of land, provision of farmer input support and development of a comprehensive policy framework as well as coming up with relevant legislation.
- Department of Geography