HCS Spring 2016 Seminar Series
The Potential of Urban Agriculture Production Systems for Sustainable Food Production and Food Security in Kampala, Uganda.
Elly N. Sabiiti, PhD, FUNAS, FAAS
Professor and Fellow, African Academy of Science
Fulbright Visiting Scholar
Makerere University, Kampala , Uganda
Abstract: This paper presents the findings of our research on urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) in Kampala, Uganda that was conducted in 2012. Urban farming in Uganda was born out of the political and economic crises of the 1970s and is widely practiced in Kampala today with an increasing population estimated at 1.5m people. Vegetable production and livestock keeping - primarily poultry, dairy cattle and pigs - are the dominant components of UPA systems, along with the cultivation of cassava and other staple crops in peri-urban areas. The UPA sector has deep roots into the urban food system and is practiced across low to high-income classes, and has strong participation from women in the production arena. The sector contributes to nutritional and food security, and the vitality of the informal market, as well as helping to reduce the urban waste stream through productive reuse of organic waste as livestock feed and an input to vegetable production.
Bio: Professor Sabiiti is a visiting Fulbright Scholar from Makarere University, Uganda. He is the former Head of the Crop Science Department, and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of Makerere University. He became a full professor in 1998. His research interests include agricultural sciences, livestock farming, and sustainable rangeland management. He has served as member of the Advisory Committee for the Pastoral Information Network Programmes. He is member of TWAS, Tropical Grassland Society of Australia. He has several national, regional, and international awards and recognitions and has published 100 articles. His MSc (1980) is from Makerere University (Uganda) and PhD (1985) from the University of New Brunswick (Canada).