This book provides a comprehensive synthesis of current knowledge of the potential and challenges associated with the multiple roles, use, management and livelihood contributions of indigenous vegetables in urban agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. There has been growing research and policy effort around urban agriculture in the region over the last two decades, but never has it been integrated with work on under-researched crops such as indigenous vegetables. These species have multiple advantages, including low input requirements, adaptability to African environments, high nutritional value and marked biodiversity, cultural and local food security significance. Yet they are overlooked in the modern world, where recent emphasis has been directed to growing a limited range of exotic crops, both for internal markets and for export to developed country markets. This book provides evidence that, in spite of this neglect, in many African cities indigenous vegetables are still widely used, cultivated and marketed. It goes on to consider their potential to contribute to income generation and poverty alleviation of the growing numbers of urban dwellers in sub-Saharan Africa, whilst promoting urban greening and sustainability. Based on critical analysis of the debates it presents a multidisciplinary analysis of the realities and future opportunities.

chapter 2|30 pages

Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture in African Cities

ByAndreas de Neergaard, Axel W. Drescher and Christophe Kouamé

chapter 3|40 pages

Biodiversity of African Vegetables

ByPatrick Maundu, Enoch Achigan-Dako, Yasuyuki Morimoto

chapter 4|40 pages

Nutritional Contributions of Important African Indigenous Vegetables

ByRay-Yu Yang, Gudrun B. Keding

chapter 5|32 pages

Production and Harvesting Systems for African Indigenous Vegetables

ByMel O. Oluoch, Germain N. Pichop, Drissa Silué, Mary O. Abukutsa-Onyango, Meissa Diouf, Charlie M. Shackleton

chapter 6|48 pages

The Production of African Indigenous Vegetables in Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture: A Comparative Analysis of Case Studies from Benin, Kenya and South Africa

ByMargaret W. Pasquini, Françoise Assogba-Komlan, Ineke Vorster, Charlie M. Shackleton, Mary O. Abukutsa-Onyango

chapter 8|26 pages

Integration of Urban Agriculture into Spatial Planning

ByWakuru Magigi, Axel W. Drescher

chapter 9|14 pages

African Indigenous Vegetables in Urban Agriculture: Recurring Themes and Policy Lessons for the Future

ByCharlie M. Shackleton, Margaret W. Pasquini, Axel W. Drescher