The Role of Urban Agriculture in Household Wellbeing: Case Study of Community-Based Urban Agriculture in Ndola, Zambia

  • Lenka Voleníková Palacky University in Olomouc
  • Zdeněk Opršal Palacký University Olomouc

Abstract

This paper investigates the role of community-based urban agriculture in household well-being in Ndola, Zambia. Although urban agriculture has attracted the attention of various scholars in recent years, there are relatively few studies from the region of Southern Africa. The research confirms the positive influence of urban agriculture on household wellbeing. Farmers appreciate that agriculture-based activities are a promising option for sustaining their livelihoods, in terms of food intake and income generation.Moreover a spill-over effect occurs due to the ability of farmers to provide small job op-portunities for people living in their neighbourhood. On the other hand, farmers face var-ious constraints in the form of limited access to food markets, crops marketed via middle-men, low diversity of planted crops and low levels of savings. Better organization of farm-ers and legal recognition of their cooperative may help to tackle these problems.
Published
Nov 25, 2016
How to Cite
VOLENÍKOVÁ, Lenka; OPRŠAL, Zdeněk. The Role of Urban Agriculture in Household Wellbeing: Case Study of Community-Based Urban Agriculture in Ndola, Zambia. Development, Environment and Foresight, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, p. 80-90, nov. 2016. ISSN 2336-6621. Available at: <http://def-journal.eu/index.php/def/article/view/33>. Date accessed: 12 dec. 2019.

Keywords

urban agriculture; community; household wellbeing; Zambia