It shows how urban agriculture can be used to quell social problems like unemployment and food security in a developing nation. The author provides an overview of the most urban country in Africa, South Africa, and how for a long time politics impeded urban agriculture. It is widely understood that urban agriculture is an important livelihood strategy among the poor for food security and income generation in developing countries. In South Africa, it is emerging as a strategy for poverty alleviation. Despite high unemployment, urban agriculture appears less robust among South Africa's urban poor households when compared to other developing countries. The reason for this is the role of a social welfare grant system which provides the key source of household income for most people. The book explores the nature and geographical extent of urban agriculture in one of South Africa's poorest provinces, the Eastern Cape.
1. Why Study Urban Agriculture in the Eastern Cape Province?; 2. Contemporary Debates Defining Urban Agriculture; 3. The Eco-City: Urban Agriculture in the Developed World; 4. Urban Agriculture in the Past and Present; 5. Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture in Selected Centers in the Eastern Cape of South Africa; 6. Data Results, Analysis and Synthesis; 7. Community Based Interventions.