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Going With the Grain: New Breed of Rice Raises Hopes for Kenya’s Domestic Rice Production

In Kenya’s bid to reduce its reliance on rice imports, a new strain that uses less water and has high nutritional value could prove significant.

Losing Farmland is Forever

In Cape Town, the Philippi Horticultural Area, a major source of employment and food security is under threat from encroaching development. Future Cape Town’s Brett Petzer analyses the city’s about-face on supporting development in the area.

The facts: Philippi Horticultural Area

[ August 6, 2013; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] The Phillipi Horticultural Area (PHA) has been in the spotlight of later as the Mayor of Cape Town pushes through a recommendation which could see housing being developed on this land. In anticipation of the decision, the Phillippi community and Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance have shared their facts on the matter.

Empowering the urban poor through changes in aid distribution by Urban Africa

Funding small-scale, community-based urban development projects could change the face of cities.

WATCH: Bold City: A Future Cape Town mini-conference

Watch our short video of Future Cape Town’s first mini conference: Bold City

Garden Roofs: Local Realities

Garden Roofs: International Inspirations explored the overarching benefits of garden roofs by touching on some of the most inspirational garden roof projects across the globe. It essentially raised a rather open-ended question surrounding the potential role of garden roofs in creating a more sustainable and liveable Cape Town. Karla Booysen approached Jaco Ferreira from Advanced Green Roofs (AGR), an organisation specialising in the distribution of garden roofs in and around Cape Town, US and Canada, to shed some light on the subject.

Commuter Cycling deserves its time in the sun

As the city opens itself up to the possibilities of pedal power, Anton Crone weighs the culture of commuter cycling with that of sport cycling in Cape Town.

Stewart Brand: Why squatter cities are a good thing.

Rural villages worldwide are being deserted, as billions of people flock to cities, to live in teeming squatter camps and slums. And Stewart Brand says this is a good thing. Why? It’ll take you 3 minutes to find out.

World Design Capital 2014: A Dutch view on Cape Town

Cape Town is a good test case for ‘design’ to prove its relevance to social, cultural and economic development says Ekim Tian of Play the City.