Urban agriculture under threat: the land security question in Kano, Nigeria

Lynch, Kenny and Binns, James Anthony(Tony) and Olofin, Emmanuel (2001) Urban agriculture under threat: the land security question in Kano, Nigeria. Cities, 18 (3). pp. 159-171. ISSN 0264-2751

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with the issue of providing food to the rapidly growing urban populations in poor countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. Much emphasis has been given in recent years to the growing of basic foodstuffs in urban and peri-urban areas. While there is a considerable body of literature which views urban agriculture in a relatively positive light, other less extensive literature raises concern about its impact on environment and people. The literature shows that urban agriculture provides farmers with important employment and food provisioning opportunities that would not otherwise be available. However, empirical evidence presented here from the city of Kano in northern Nigeria suggests that such activities and livelihoods are being threatened by acute problems of tenure insecurity and encroaching land development. It is suggested that local authorities have a key role to play in enabling and supporting urban cultivation, since there are city-wide benefits to be gained from such activities, including food supply and employment creation among low-income residents, and flood control. More research is needed to clarify certain issues, not in the least to answer the expressed concerns about the impact of urban agriculture on environment and health.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban agriculture, Kano, Nigeria, land tenure, security
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Environmental Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Kenny Lynch
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 16:24
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2017 06:16
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3136

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