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By Charlie M. Shackleton, Margaret W. Pasquini, Axel W. Drescher

This publication offers a entire synthesis of present wisdom of the aptitude and demanding situations linked to the a number of roles, use, administration and livelihood contributions of indigenous greens in city agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. there was becoming study and coverage attempt round city agriculture within the zone over the past 20 years, yet by no means has it been built-in with paintings on under-researched plants reminiscent of indigenous greens. those species have a number of benefits, together with low enter necessities, adaptability to African environments, excessive dietary price and marked biodiversity, cultural and native foodstuff defense importance. but they're neglected within the sleek international, the place fresh emphasis has been directed to starting to be a constrained diversity of unique plants, either for inner markets and for export to built nation markets. This e-book presents facts that, however forget, in lots of African towns indigenous greens are nonetheless frequent, cultivated and advertised. It is going directly to examine their power to give a contribution to source of revenue new release and poverty relief of the becoming numbers of city dwellers in sub-Saharan Africa, while selling city greening and sustainability. according to severe research of the debates it provides a multidisciplinary research of the realities and destiny possibilities.

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Gockowski et al (2003) define traditional leafy vegetables as those leafy green vegetables that have been originally domesticated or cultivated in Africa for the last several centuries. As time has passed, however, those vegetables which are now used ‘according to custom and tradition’ may include introduced species, so that for some people the term African traditional vegetables goes as far as including exotic produce such as tomatoes which are now customarily used by African populations. The distinction continues to be made with separate green leafy vegetables, casually referred to as ‘African spinaches’, as a particular group with stronger ties to the indigenous flora and with specific nutritional characteristics.

Drawing upon a wide literature from a number of different disciplines (including geography, agriculture, ethnobotany and rural sociology), it aims to review the importance of vegetable production, particularly indigenous vegetable production, in urban and peri-urban systems. In doing so, it provides definitions of urban agriculture and the spaces and places in which indigenous vegetables are produced and collected, and ends with a typology to understand the complexity of the spaces for indigenous vegetable production and harvest.

In some cities, such as Nairobi (Kenya), as much as 50 per URBAN FOOD SYSTEMS AND AFRICAN INDIGENOUS VEGETABLES 5 cent of food consumed by low-income groups comes from urban agriculture (Argenti and Marocchino, 2005). 1) are not the only actors providing products to the urban food system. 2) supplying the more formal sectors with fresh produce and products for processing. There are also producers, both large and small, supplying food items from rural areas served by urban transport corridors. Indeed, Mougeot (2000) argues that the total food supply contribution of urban and peri-urban agriculture should not be downplayed, and estimates that as much as 15 per cent or more of all food consumed in urban areas is provided by urban agriculture.

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