A City of Farmers: Informal Urban Agriculture in the Open by Donald B. Freeman

By Donald B. Freeman

In an insightful new research, Donald Freeman examines the improvement and value of city agriculture in Nairobi, Kenya, overturning a couple of universal assumptions concerning the population and financial system of African towns. He addresses the ways that city agriculture matches right into a broader photograph of Kenyan social and fiscal improvement and discusses the consequences of his findings for improvement concept quite often. Freeman starts off through exploring the context of city agriculture, tracing its improvement within the colonial and post-colonial urban. He then offers a close description of city farmers, their land use practices, and their vegetation. Freeman amassed this wealthy physique of data via on-site surveys of 618 small-scale cultivators in ten diverse elements of Nairobi. He concludes by means of contemplating the consequences of the burgeoning perform of city agriculture for the cultivators themselves, for the town, and for the constructing economic climate of Kenya. even supposing the empirical paintings is targeted on Nairobi and its casual region, the scope and implications of the learn are broader and the conclusions correct to different elements of the 3rd global. "Urban" efficient actions within the 3rd international, Freeman indicates, desire redefining to take account of easy nutrients creation within the urban and its interrelationships with different casual and formal sectors. A urban of Farmers will curiosity not just fiscal geographers and scholars and students of improvement reviews and African historical past yet a person fascinated about financial and social stipulations within the 3rd global.

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A key aspect of his recommendations was the physical separation of non-European from European commercial establishments in addition to the existing segregation of residential areas. Again, most of his ideas were not implemented, partly because of the upheaval caused by the outbreak of hostilities with German East Africa and the desperate need of the British for support from the non-European communities in the Protectorate. , 16), and no housing for African workers had been constructed by the government, despite their increasing numbers in the city.

The key to the door that hopefully will open to shower the migrant with its benefits is seen by many to be a western-style "white-collar" education. The desire to obtain such a formal education for their children and themselves has driven many rural dwellers into debt or into abandoning the rural life altogether. A legacy of this type of formal education, thus, has been a "brain drain" of young, better-educated, mostly male Africans to the cities in search of wage employment. Tragically, the young migrant to the city, having received as much of an education as his or her family can afford, often finds that this is nowhere near enough to secure the coveted jobs in government, commerce, or industry.

Nairobi has seen very rapid growth from its beginnings as a bleak railway workers' camp at the western edge of the Athi plains at the turn of the twentieth century. From the very first, its administrators strove to provide it with ample open space, which now comprises at least a quarter of the city area (even when the "formal" areas of farm, range, and forest/game reserve land on the urban outskirts are excluded). An examination of documents associated with the historical development of Nairobi makes clear that there were three main reasons for the generous endowment of public and institutional open space in the city.

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