FIELD NOTES: Urban Agriculture in Uganda

Proud food growers, kisenyi
First floor goats, kisenyi
Free range chickens, kisenyi
Maize milling, kisenyi
Nakivale area map
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In May 2015 I visited Uganda as part of a feasibility study looking at the potential for urban or intensive agriculture, specifically within refugee communities within Kampala and Nakivale refugee settlement. During the visit I was accompanied by two researchers from the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University.

In Kampala, we visited the informal settlement districts of kisenyi and Nsambya, which have a large refuge populations. These settlements are often not planned, with poor sanitation and building structures. We also spent a week in Nakivale refugee settlement. The settlement is more rural in character, spread over a wide distance, where each family gets a plot of land and some basic building materials. While the growing of food is evident everywhere, there is still a basic reliance on food aid.

This work is ongoing.