david karimanzira 08-11-10.jpgGovernment has called upon town planners to integrate urban agriculture in their planning in order to address food challenges which face sections of the urban population.

 

Increases in the price of food, demand for residential land and the effects of climate change have led to a rise in urban farming especially among low income earners in high density areas.

 

Nevertheless, space to practice urban agriculture is becoming increasingly difficult to find due to commercial and residential property construction in areas which were traditionally reserved for farming.

 

Officiating at commemorations to mark World Town Planning Day, Harare Provincial Governor and Resident Minister, Cde David Karimanzira urged planners to incorporate urban farming in order to reduce hunger.

 

“The time has come for town planners to contribute to the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, this can only be done if town planners increase their awareness of modern systems and learn from other countries,” said Cde karimanzira.

 

Zimbabwe Institute of Rural and Urban Planners (ZIRUP) Vice President Mr Chris Manyowa said town planners have recognised the need to integrate food production and will revise planning theories.

 

“No cultivation signs are put in place but these are not deterring people, so what must we do, we must move with time and the changing environment. We need to re-examine planning theories,” said Mr Manyowa.

 

Farms in the periphery of Harare including present day Kuwadzana, Stoneridge, Tynwald and Ruwa had been set aside for farming when the city of Harare was developed.

 

However, increasing demand for land has forced local authorities to change these areas into residential zones.