By Kayiwa John
Urban agriculture projects have great potential of improving nutritional food security among the urban poor. However, farmers face many challenges and obstacles when establishing and growing a garden in an urban environment. For instance ,some of them face issues of land security ,access to water ,contaminated soil, high start-up and operating costs ,inadequate business training -and insufficient income generation However, this is likely to be no more, -thanks to KRC for helping the urban farmers to find creative solutions to overcome these challenges.
Following the out-break of COVID-19, KRC with financial support from Hivos, trained the street vendors in urban kitchen gardens as one way of resilience and food security strategies, in this period and beyond. Vendors were given knowledge and skills of establishment and management of urban kitchen gardens that can be established by using small piece of land, since most of them are town dwellers and have a lot of recycled materials like old basins, sacks, mineral water containers –which are very handy, in the establishment of the kitchen gardens.
This intervention will help the vendors get nutritious meals because they will complement it with the food, the government has supported them with, during the lockdown
This is hoped to reduce the expenditure of buying some vegetables that are very vital for every meal in a family
It will also help them in producing balanced and nutritious food for the street buyers-as well as usage of the vegetables as medicinal herbs in homes.