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UFiSAMo: Urban Agriculture for Food Security and Income Generation in South Africa and Mozambique

Using urban agriculture to provide new sources of income and improve food security for disadvantaged groups in southern Africa: Examples from Maputo, Mozambique and Cape Town, South Africa
(for further information see: www.ufisamo.org)

Aim: The aim of the project is to improve nutrition and food security for disadvantaged urban populations. The project investigates how improved production and marketing methods can help provide urban populations in Maputo and Cape Town with high quality foodstuffs.

The project plan is divided into the following work packages:

1. Description and analysis of production systems in urban agriculture throughout existing value chains in Maputo and Cape Town, and investigation of consumer behaviour and eating habits.

2. Analysis of risks and opportunities for human health from small-scale urban plant and animal husbandry. The project will investigate cultivation systems, seed supply, nutrient and plant management and safe, healthy food production in an urban environment.

3. Building and developing a research and education network for urban agriculture. The important components of this process are knowledge transfer among partners, a website with specialist information on urban farming, creation of demonstration fields and development of education curricula for urban agriculture at universities in Maputo and Cape Town. Knowledge dissemination programmes will gather good practical examples and spread them to new adopters.

4. Research findings will be brought to various stakeholders in an intelligible form through practical advisory services and training programmes. This includes the development of training materials for farmers' organisations and scenario workshops on politics and administration. An investigation of dissemination strategies and knowledge transfer in urban agriculture will assist in identifying suitable communication media for each target group. Analyses of organisational structures in urban agriculture will identify demand for advisory services (cooperatives, conflict management, and many other topics) and help in developing appropriate content for these services.


a. PhD theses for the individual sub-projects in Mozambique and Cape Town, masters theses for related academic studies, articles, conference presentations

b. Course modules, teaching materials, demonstration fields, networks and internet platforms

Sponsor: German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft, BMEL)

Leading partner: German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, BLE)

Project leader and contact: Centre for Rural Development (SLE): Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Life Sciences, Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences (ADTI):

Prof. Dr. Heide Hoffmann (ADTI, Project leader: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Dr. Karin Fiege, Dr. Carsten Pötzsch (FFG – coordination, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Administration: Julia Müller (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Research team: Doreen Sparborth (FFG), Diana Meemken (FUB), Nicole Paganini (SLE), Anja Schelchen (SLE), Anja Kühn (SLE), Samuel Quive (UEM), Ivo Cumbana (UEM), Luisa Chicamisse (UEM), Filomena Dos Anjos (UEM), Alberto Luiz (Abiodes), Razack Karriem (UWC), Daniel Tevera (UWC), Tinashe Kanosvamhira (UWC), Abongile Mfaku (UWC), Babalwa Mpayipeli (ABALIMI), Liziwe Stofile (ABALIMI), Noncedo Boniswa (ABALIMI), Vatiswa Dunjana (ABALIMI), Severin Halder (SLE)

Student Assistent: Jennifer Koppelin (SLE, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Collaborating partners:

Germany: Frankenförder Forschungsgesellschaft (FFG mbH), Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), Department of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Meat Hygiene and Technology,

Mozambique: Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), Maputo, Mozambique, Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition – SETSAN Maputo, Mozambique

South Africa: University of the Western Cape (UWC), Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Cape Town, Abalimi Bezekhaya (AB), Cape Town

Duration of project:  March 2016 to February 2019, extended until Septembre 2019

SLE study "Perspectives of Urban Agriculture in Maputo and Cape Town"

The „yellow″ SLE publication series is the fruit of its overseas projects as part of SLE's postgraduate course „International Cooperation for Sustainable Development".
The new study researched the possibilities and challenges of sustainable urban agriculture using the example of Maputo and Cape Town.




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