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The social and institutional aspects of urban agriculture in the Cape Flats, Western Cape, South Africa

The social and institutional aspects of urban agriculture in the Cape Flats, Western Cape, South Africa

Meadows, Kate (2000) The social and institutional aspects of urban agriculture in the Cape Flats, Western Cape, South Africa. [Working Paper]

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Abstract

This report is concerned with the status of urban agriculture in the Cape Metropolitan Area (CMA) of the Western Cape, South Africa. It focuses specifically on the nature of urban agriculture in the Cape Flats area and explores the conditions that influence the extent of urban agriculture in low-income township areas situated on the Cape Flats. A primary focus of this research is the socio- political and institutional context that affects the practice of urban and peri-urban farming, specifically vegetable production, in the CMA. This report is the result of a four month study of Cape Town urban agriculture and is mainly based on information gathered during fieldwork conducted in and around the Cape Metropolitan Area, South Africa, during August 1999-January 2000. Topics covered in this report include the broader socio-political and environmental context of urban farming in the CMA, as well as the policy and planning frameworks (both national and regional) that shape urban agriculture practices in the Cape Flats townships. It is also a comparative study intended to complement research already conducted in Mamelodi, Pretoria and Harare, Zimbabwe. These studies are part of a four year European Union funded research project that commenced in November 1997. The entire project is a joint research program aimed at developing the economic, scientific and technological means to expand income- generating vegetable farming activities in urban and peri-urban areas in southern African countries.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban agriculture, Cape Flats, Western Cape, South Africa, urban farming, peri-urban, income generation, land use
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
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Last Modified: 15 Jun 2016 15:51
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11624

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