African urbanization and food insecurity

Urbanization in Africa is rapidly growing: according to the UN Habitat report “The State of African Cities 2010,” by 2050, 60% of all Africans will be living in cities.

This scenario highlights unbalanced economic growth: people who leave the countryside to move towards cities, have to face a lack of social and economic opportunities and a new condition of urban poverty.

Read the Guardian article “Food security: an urban issue.” Perhaps peri-urban horticulture could be a way to provide employment and food for the growing urban community.


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