South Africa: Durban set to become garden of eating through urban farming projects


KZN agricultural and rural development MEC Themba Mthembu together with Nomakholwa Ntshangase and others at the Silindokuhle centre near Victoria Embankment. The centre feeds about 200 people and uses the money generated to obtain identity documents for the homeless. Photo supplied.

The programme forms part of DARD’s food security programme, with which it intends to establish 1370 household food gardens, 170 community gardens, 190 institutional gardens and 198 food tunnels.

By: African News Agency
4Th April 2019


KwaZulu-Natal’s agricultural MEC on Thursday launched a programme to encourage urban agriculture – growing food gardens in small, open spaces, including city rooftops and townships.

Urban farming is not new and is practised successfully in cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg – and internationally – with the stated aim being to ensure healthy food intake, particularly among poor city dwellers that are unable to afford nutrition-packed fruit and vegetables.

MEC Themba Mthembu visited a rooftop garden at the Methodist Church Central City Mission building in the heart of the city on Thursday morning before taking part in the programme’s official launch in Claremont.

The church would use the produce it grew in its soup kitchen, which feeds about 200 poor city dwellers every Tuesday, and at the shelter the mission had opened for migrants to the province, said reverend Akhona Gxamza.

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