By Diana Lee-Smith, International Development Research Centre (Canada), Axumite G. Egziabher, Daniel G. Maxwell
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1% in Gatina) of 250 children sampled were nutritionally stunted. It found UA was not adequately addressed and recommended that the promotion of UA and marketing of UA produce be seriously reviewed with municipal authorities, so as to make food more accessible and affordable to low-income urban mothers (Mutiso 1993). Conventional strategies for urban food security need to be reassessed in view of UA s potential role: an exhaustive survey of subsidy programs found that income transfers from food subsidies tend to provide 15- 25% of the real income of low-income households (von Braun et al.
A noteworthy trend is that more governments are introducing institutional and other policy changes that recognize and tolerate, manage, and promote the activity. Paramount to justifying and encouraging this change of attitude is the mounting evidence on UA s contribution to urban food security. Urban food supplies in developing countries can no longer be taken for granted and there is ample evidence from world cities that food is turning into a basic luxury for the urban poor in particular. These findings are collapsing the myth of urban privilege over rural neglect, as far as food security is concerned.
Urban Agriculture: An Adaptive and Mobile Land Use Urban agriculture is a major urban land use because it is remarkably adaptive and mobile. It is found on sites of various types (constructible and undeveloped land, physically unconstructible land and voluntarily undeveloped, idle public lands and water bodies, and household spaces); Lado s (1990, p. 262) survey of 618 farmers in Nairobi s open spaces (unenclosed, wholly or partly on public lands) show that private residential land use is chosen most often (32%), followed by roadside verges (29%), river banks (16%), and other public lands (16%).