African governments urged to support city farms

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from AlertNet
Published on 17 Sep 2012 View Original

By Isaiah Esipisu

ADDIS ABABA (AlertNet) – In the sprawling estate of Gurara on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, women farmers are busy working on a two-hectare plot where they grow fruit and vegetables.

The piece of land allocated to the Gurara Women’s Association by the government is a source of income for some 200 city dwellers.

A recent report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which draws on case studies from 31 African countries, shows that horticulture in urban areas and surrounding land is a source of food and income for millions of African city dwellers.

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