1.2 Problem Statement

The City of Cape Town’s Urban Agricultural Policy currently runs as a reactive organisation, and not a proactive one purely because of the size of the staff and newness of the policy.  This means that the scope for growth is only as far as those utilising the policy are willing to take it.  The policy currently covers urban agriculture in Phillipi, Nyanga, Khayelitsha and various areas on the Cape Flats.

Ma Chaba & Ma Phillipina in their garden next to Phillipi Municipal Building, Cape Town. Via City Farmer News, image by konsciousimages

There is as yet no coverage for the inner city of Cape Town.  With so much produce demand in the inner city because of all the restaurants, cafés, cafeterias (in schools, colleges, businesses, court, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities etc) and residents, applying horticultural agriculture in the area would be ideal.  Hey, I’d be willing to keep chickens and run aquaculture too.  And bees, definitely bees.  But now we sit with a situation of lack of space and premiums on land in the city, it is too expensive to use the land agriculturally.  So a solution to this spatial limitation would be to utilise the unused roofscapes of the city, no?  Of course!

And there we go, job creation, food supply (don’t get me started on the ‘Food Crisis’), green roof systems (and all the benefits they have), and the way it will be designed is to produce healthy, heirloom mostly, organic (ugh, hate that word these days, but it is what it is), sustainable and accessible produce.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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