URBAN AGRICULTURE AS AN AUTHENTIC URBAN LAND USE IN KENYA: A CASE STUDY OF KOMAROCK ESTATE

Urban Agriculture (UA) is one of the ways that residents in the urban areas employ as a means to
complement their food supply. UA is a common phenomenon within and around the urban areas
in Kenya and other countries. The problem addressed in this study is that the practice has not
been recognized as an urban land use in Kenya. There is no specific policy governing the
practice therefore it continues to expand without any regulation. This study investigates UA as
an urban land use in Kenya. In this regard, the study established the various benefits and
contribution UA has on the people who practice it, the society and the environment. It also looks
at the possible measures that can be taken to achieve sustainable UA practices. The study also
analysed two UA policies from South Africa and Zambia as best practices.
The study was conducted in Infill B section of Komarock Estate where 80 households were
sampled. In an attempt interrogate the policy framework guiding UA, 6 Government policy
makers. The study found out that though a majority of the households practice UA, it has not yet
been recognized as a legal urban land use in Kenya.

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