Selecting crops for the study

Kibera Urban Agriculture Study

Cabbage plot

Filling seed trays

Greenhouse at KPSP05

Selecting crops for the study

Kibera Urban Agriculture Study

Kibera Urban Agriculture study

KDI teamed up with the Kibera Action Group Organization, partners on KPSP05, to investigate the most feasible forms of urban agriculture for communities in Kibera. Supported by Welthungerhilfe, the project explored the potential of urban agriculture in Kibera and other informal settlements through both research and practical components.

Context

The original polluted conditions at KPSP05, like in much of Kibera, were not conducive to food production - despite the availability of space

The lack of space and high levels of pollution in informal settlements like Kibera prevent urban agriculture from flourishing as a pre-eminent means of providing food to the urban poor.

However, sustainable, small-scale agricultural operations represent a useful source of income-generation and food security for improved economic resilience and health.

Process

Planting seedlings

KAGO investigated farming methods already used in Kibera, researched existing food markets in Gatwekera village, and explored other potential markets such as school feeding programs.

They also researched agricultural methods in the wider Nairobi region and considered how these could be replicated in Kibera. The study culminated in a small pilot project.

Solution

Some of the agriculture techniques tested

The pilot comprised of a greenhouse and a shade-net structure where KAGO grew different crops using sack gardens, hydroponic growing troughs, hanging gardens, and raised moist beds.

These methods maximize the amount of space and allow crops to be grown away from polluted environments.

Impact

Community members planting seeds together

Following the success of the pilot, KAGO developed organizational structures and financial systems to launch an agribusiness at KPSP05.

There, they cultivate X and Y, generating additional income for site maintenance and improving food security and overall community resilience in Gatwekera Village.