The article “Durban’s homeless gardeners take root,” The Mercury, Monday, November 23, refers.
Kudos to the Elangeni Green Zone initiative of the eThekwini Municipality.
The project has become a means of purpose for the group of homeless people.
Further, partnership with business in the enterprise augurs well for the sustainability of the project potentially offering hope of the success of more such projects.
While the concept is not an innovation it is certainly visionary. Global food production faces great challenges with rising urbanization, decreasing arable land and climate change.
Today, more than 50% of the world population live in cities, and by 2030 the number will rise to 70%. Shifting food production to locations with high demand reduces emissions and mitigates climate change.
Urban horticulture increases global food production by exploiting new locations for cultivation, Urban horticulture activities are increasing globally with at least 100 million people involved worldwide.
With potential yields of up to 50 kg per square metre and more, vegetable production is the most significant component of urban food production which contributes to global food security.
To enhance sustainability, urban horticulture has to be integrated into the urban planning process and supported through policies. Secure access to food can produce wide-ranging positive impacts, including economic growth, job creation, poverty reduction and trade opportunities.
The Mercury is commended for covering such encouraging and positive initiatives, and eThekwini Municipality should fully exploit projects that promote food security.
Such initiatives stand-out in the spirit of Ubuntu.
Published in: THE MERCURY Monday, 30 November 2020
Darul Ihsan Media Desk