Assessement of Urban Agriculture in Addis Ababa; The Case of Mushroom Cultivation

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Addis Ababa University


This research paper was studied on urban agriculture with particular emphasis on assessment of urban mushroom farming in Addis Ababa. The general objective of the study is to identify some of the major problems and constraint faced the urban mushroom producers, investigates and explains the character and role of urban agriculture with emphasis on mushroom farming. It also tries to see the types of assistance needed and suggests possible solutions to the problems. The analysis of the study utilized both primary and secondary data. The primary data were collected through questionnaire survey, interviews and personal observations that covered 55 persons directly and indirectly involved in mushroom agriculture. The secondary data were collected from different libraries, document centres and offices. The study investigate lack of capital investment to start up, flying pests, diseases, high temperatures, lack of physical materials such as the production place, lack of training and experience, lack of awareness of the people due to lack of modern advertisement, lack of support from governments and other bodies as well as less concern of the government about the practice of mushroom farming makes them less productive. Mushrooms used as a food directly or indirectly, it also have a great culinary capability since it can protect many diseases and source of employment to all groups of the people (women, child, youths, old ages and disabilities), mushrooms can be cultivated 7 to 8 times per year on the same bedroom, its more productive and profitable



Geography and Environmental Studies