From PRI’s The World, theworld.org: Regina Wangari raises livestock — chickens, rabbits, and goats — on her urban farm in a dense slum of Nairobi, Kenya. City dwellers throughout sub-Saharan Africa are taking up farming to feed their families and to make a living.
The Squash and Bean Swap is a project by Bandstand Beds – a collective of growing enthusiasts working in the Bandstand area of London’s Clapham Common – aiming to use that Springtime window of opportunity in the growing calendar for community-building. Participants in the Swap come from a range of growing organisations in the London Borough of Lambeth, joining together at key points in the growing process to swap seeds, seedlings, and fully grown produce.
In an excerpt from the upcoming feature-length documentary, “Promises of Urban Agriculture,” Charles Calbom speaks about how the extensive lawn irrigation system in Phoenix could be used to grow vegetables instead of grass lawns and ultimately offer “a way for regular people to be able to feed themselves regularly.”
The food we eat is as diverse as the cultures and lifestyles of the people consuming it. But the issues underlying food run much deeper than the whims of our cultures or palates. Until now, the subject of food security has mostly been viewed as a rural issue, with research and development work honing in on subsistence farming. But with the massive influx into cities, the focus needs to shift to the metropolis.
We look back at some of the best ideas from our first #CityTalk tweetchat for 2013, which discussed the challenges and opportunities associated with food in our cities.
Our next #CityTalk tackles the topic of Food and Cities. Join Future Cape Town and This Big City to see how cities can get food right.