Today, more than half of African citizens live in the slums, each living on $2 a day to survive.

According to a report by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), 600 million people in Africa will be living in 24 of the 30 fastest-growing cities by that time.”This is going to be a hard task for the policymakers to make it happen anytime soon since Africa needs to focus more on cities that can ensure higher food production rather than urbanization that fails to produce enough resources and supply to the citizens.” says the FAO’s Modibo Traore. He says the production and supply of food is rarely considered when designing and managing cities.

The policymaker’s needs to start thinking about forward planning and not take food for granted as they believe that food would just be available in the supermarkets or along the streets.

Here is the fact: food is not always be there.

As urban cities only have two ways of “urban crop production – home gardening, mainly for household consumption, and production in open spaces, mainly for market sale.” Also, all stakeholders involve needs to be able to cooperate with urban developers and gardeners to produce more food.

Source: BBC
Special Credit: Jianne Soriano

 

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