Motivation and Marginalization in African Urban Agriculture: The Case of Lusaka, Zambia

Danny Mulala Simatele, Tony Binns

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Urban agriculture in Africa has been identified as an important income generation and survival strategy among poor and not so poor households. However, official attitudes to urban agriculture vary considerably between and within different African countries. Recent field-based research undertaken in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, reveals that urban agriculture makes a significant contribution to the food basket of many urban households in the city. Despite this contribution, urban agriculture in Lusaka has remained a peripheral issue in urban development strategies and planning policy. Interviews with urban farmers and professionals from various government departments and non-governmental organisations indicate that urban agriculture suffers from a number of factors such as a shortage of land and unsupportive official policy. This paper attempts to illuminate the patterns, processes and decision-making strategies associated with the production of foodstuffs for sale and/or household consumption. The extent to which urban agriculture is being supported or marginalized in Lusaka is examined in the context of evolving strategies for achieving sustainable urban development, poverty alleviation and food security. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages20
JournalUrban Forum
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


  • Marginalization
  • Urban agriculture
  • Urbanization


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