Urban agriculture and food security in Zimbabwe from 2009 to 2013. A case study of Dzivarasekwa high density suburb of Harare
The dissertation examined the contribution of urban agriculture to food security. Due to economic hardships and the increased standards of living, food and income are hard to come by. Thus, the research sought to find out if urban agriculture is helping the residents of Dzivarasekwa to generate income and to be food secure. The research was guide by the following objectives: to explore the nature of urban agriculture in Dzivarasekwa, to examine the extent at which residents of Dzivarasekwa are involved in urban agriculture, to analyse the level that urban farming contributes to household food security, employment creation and income generation and assess the opportunities and challenges for enhancing urban agriculture in Zimbabwe. The descriptive research design was explored in order to get an in-depth understanding of the topic understudy, a sample size of 100 participants was selected from the population. The research findings showed that the people of Dzivarasekwa benefit from urban agriculture through food supplement, employment creation and income generation. It was also discovered that more people are involved in urban agriculture and some are able to sell their produce and also to supplement their families. It was recommended that the City of Harare may want to recognise urban agriculture and formulate policies that incorporate it by allocating land to urban farmers, the government and NGO can work together to aid urban farmers by assisting them with farming inputs.