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Urban Farming in Uganda

 

Urban farming is becoming increasingly popular in many developing nations.
Urban farming is becoming increasingly popular in many developing nations.

Urban farming, the practice of growing fruits and vegetables on small plots in towns and cities, has become increasingly popular in developed nations in the past decade. Urban farming is also taking off in a big way in some developing countries, including Uganda. Although expanding agricultural production and distribution in rural communities is an important way to help families break the cycle of generational poverty, people living in cities also need support. Urban farming is a way for families to have healthy food and also save money. Sometimes, they may be able to supplement their incomes by selling surplus vegetables and fruit.

Shifting Demographics

Many of the world's poorest people live in cities, often having moved there from rural areas to seek jobs and other opportunities, which are often not as available as families expect. The growing trend of urbanization in developing nations has placed significant pressure on already strained resources. For this reason, families living in urban areas often struggle with food scarcity, malnutrition and associated health risks.

Some Ugandans have already seen the impact that urban farming can have on their communities, including Harriet Nakabaale, one of the country's most successful urban farmers. She runs Camp Green in the capital city of Kampala, a space where young people can learn the basics of agriculture and how to cultivate their own smallholder farms with limited space.

"There is growing interest in urban farming in Africa, yes," Nakabaale says. "We are successfully reaching out to young people, teaching them business skills and how to grow their own food. I want to make all of Kampala green."

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