When thinking about cities, the last thing that comes to mind is farming. However, with cities like Kampala booming, growing fruits and vegetables within the city boundaries has the potential to offer households a greener environment, better nutrition and an increased income. But is there space enough in the city? With simple technologies like sack gardens and food towers, space is not even needed!
In Kampala, the booming capital of the Pearl of Africa, space is very limited and households often lack access to healthy and safe food. To address these challenges, Rikolto, the Kampala Capital City Authority and UN Environment Programme are promoting urban farms with five technologies that are fit for limited spaces. We have trained 50 model farmers to promote urban farming with the help of these technologies and also to spread awareness about food safety in their communities. Urban farming can also support poorer families to put food on the table, contributing to food security and high-nutritious diets.