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Keywords: Food Security
Copyright: Jun-2011
Date Added: 6-Dec-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: Urban agriculture in Addis Ababa city is being implemented by the small holder individual farmers, micro and small enterprises, and the large scale cooperatives for different reasons. Urban agriculture is among those socio economic sectors that are interrelated with food security but undermined and misconceived for long. A thorough understanding and analysis of food security contributions of urban agriculture is the central theme of this research. The combination of both quantitative and qualitative research method was employed in this study where the data in both types were used as an input for analyzing. In the courses of quantitative methods of analysis, the statistical tools such as linear coefficient of relation using the Pearson correlation coefficient, the coefficient of determination, and the linear regression were used to examine the interrelations between different variables. Urban agriculture does appear to be associated with greater dietary diversity and the increased number of eating occasions that are the measures of an improved diet at household level. The household food supply from the own production can considerably satisfy the food demand of urban dwellers. The UA production can also fosters the market availability of agriculture products where the urban poor can access UA products in the vicinity. Also, urban agriculture contributes to household’s access to food by virtue of increased income of those people engaged in the production, processing and marketing of urban agriculture. It widely utilizes as one of the income generating activities in the city due to that it contributes for employment opportunity and improves the purchasing power of households. Urban agriculture due to its proximity to the huge and potential markets, those nutritionally high food products are easily and timely available for the consumer. Moreover, urban agriculture can be used as an alternative food security through coping mechanism or survival strategy in times of family and social crisis; can complement the low income obtained from the basic livelihood sources; and to cope with the soaring prices of food products in the city. Despite its role for food security urban agriculture faces the problems such as institutional and policy related, socio-economic, and research and technological
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4199
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