ACWFS publishes joint report on urban agriculture in Benin

Report on a survey conducted amongst experienced urban gardeners in Cotonou and Porto-Novo, Benin

03/19/2019 | 10:50 AM

How can policy support urban gardeners in Benin? While urban agriculture is a widespread activity that could contribute to realizing various Sustainable Development goals set by the UN, the organization and management of urban agriculture is under-researched. In collaboration with the Centre d'Actions Pour l'Environnement et le Développement Durable (ACED) and the University of Abomey-Calavi, the ACWFS published a report on findings of a survey among experienced urban gardeners in Cotonou and Porto-Novo. The survey examined household characteristics, gardening activity and incomes, food and nutrition security, garden organization and management, benefits for women, socio-economic development, and identified constraints on the development of urban gardens. Ultimately, the study concluded that capacity-building programs may raise awareness among gardeners on the necessity of improving their current organizational frameworks and that there is a clear need for support by public institutions for urban garden development. Read the full report here.