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Urban Agriculture And The Urban Poor In East Africa: Does Policy Matter?

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The aim of this chapter is to analyze the extent to which urban policy and the practice of urban agriculture by the poor are related. More specific questions include: (1) To what extent are the urban poor practising urban agriculture? (2) If they do, how do they perform compared to the non-poor who engage in this practice? (3) What influence does the legal and policy context have on the possibilities for the poor to perform urban agriculture? (4) To what extent can the urban poor benefit from policy measures? The results presented in the chapter are based on two studies, one in Nakuru Municipality in Kenya and the other in Morogoro and Mbeya Municipalities in Tanzania. The legal and policy setting in these towns is not only confusing but also such that the poor do not generally benefit from policy measures, if indeed policies exist at all.

Keywords: Mbeya municipality; Morogoro municipality; Nakuru municipality; urban agriculture; urban policy; urban poor



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