Urban agriculture in South Africa: Scope, issues and potential

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This paper examines the present state of urban agriculture in South Africa and analyses its potential for poverty alleviation. Currently, the scale of cultivation taking place in South Africa is relatively small as compared to other developing countries. The key explanation for the undeveloped urban agricultural sector is the greater returns to land and labour which may be earned from backyard shacks and alternative informal income opportunities in the city. Informal cultivation is primarily a survival niche of the most marginalized and most vulnerable groups in urban areas, in particular for elderly women. Policy issues are raised concerning urban agriculture in post apartheid urban reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
JournalGeo Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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