Nairobi’s 21st Century Food Policy

Diana Lee-Smith and Davinder Lamba

In: Urban Agriculture Magazine no 33 - Urban Agroecology, p.48-50 (2017)

Agroecology has been a characteristic of Nairobi urban farming historically, through the practices of small farmers. The new Nairobi City County government passed a progressive law on urban agriculture in 2015. It now promotes urban agriculture for food security, and will allocate land and water resources especially for vulnerable groups such as slum dwellers. Nairobi will be a good example to look at in coming years to observe how these innovative policies and administrative changes impact on people’s lives. Incorporating agroecological processes is likely to be an institutional challenge as the new policy and governance arrangements are implemented.

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