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Strategy for viable, sustainable urban agriculture in a dynamic, urbanising society

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dc.contributor.advisor Coertze, D. J.
dc.contributor.advisor Hendrick, Richard Martin
dc.contributor.advisor Modise, D. Leech, Michael Graham 2014-10-27T07:17:23Z 2014-10-27T07:17:23Z 2014-08
dc.identifier.citation Leech, Michael Graham (2014) Strategy for viable, sustainable urban agriculture in a dynamic, urbanising society, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract At Constitutional level, legislation in South Africa entrenches the provision of food and water for all its citizens. In instances where citizens are unable to provide in these basic requirements for themselves, social assistance should be provided to ensure a healthy life for all. In this regard, legislation and Town Planning ordinances and regulations are in place to ensure that built-up environments in which we live and work are healthy and safe for all. However, this study revealed that food provisioning by community gardeners is peripheral in legislation, ordinances and regulations and the practice of urban agriculture is, in many instances, in conflict with the principle of safe and healthy food for all. Community gardeners/urban agriculturists are food farmers within the city who produce food for themselves and others without the checks and balances that are otherwise applicable to food brought into the city from outside. While food production on any piece of available land is vital for these community gardeners for their sustenance and survival, it could become a potential health hazard if no checks or testing measures are in place to ensure that the food being produced is safe for human consumption. The study sought the views and perceptions of community gardeners, residents, Environmental Health Practitioners and Town Planners in the eThekwini Metro region with regards to community gardening/urban agriculture and its impact on food provisioning to citizens. For data collection, a one-on-one interviewing survey method was used with all four groups and results were calculated and converted to average percentages and analysed. The results revealed that there was conflict between legislation, ordinances and regulations regarding the production of food in the built-up environment of the EThekwini Municipality. It was also revealed that there was no cohesive policy to control the production of food produced and sold by community gardeners in the study area. The need for control measures and regulations regarding food production and sale by community gardeners was highlighted. Moreover, where ineffective or none such measures or controls exist, a transparent and consultative process involving all stakeholders must take place in order to establish up viable and sustainable control measures. The people who will be most affected by these rules, namely the community gardeners, should be pivotal role players in the establishment of a sustainable urban agriculture policy. Recommendations to address the problems illuminated by the study are presented. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (1 volume, various pagings) : illustrations (some color)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Community gardens en
dc.subject Food en
dc.subject Food security en
dc.subject Land use zones en
dc.subject Local authority en
dc.subject Peri-urban en
dc.subject Policy formulation en
dc.subject Rural agricultural activities en
dc.subject Urban agriculture en
dc.subject Water en
dc.subject.ddc 630.91732
dc.subject.lcsh Sustainable agriculture -- Food supply en
dc.subject.lcsh Sustainable agriculture -- Government policy en
dc.subject.lcsh Agriculture and state en
dc.subject.lcsh Urban gardening en
dc.subject.lcsh Urban agriculture en
dc.title Strategy for viable, sustainable urban agriculture in a dynamic, urbanising society en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Environmental Sciences en Ph. D. (Environmental Management)

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