What’s Better: A Food Forest or Developed Farmland?

A food forest incorporates herbs, fruit and nut trees, perennial vegetables, shrubs and vines in dense layers to create a rich matrix of productive land. In comparison, developed farmland is usually free of trees and may support only one crop species at a time. Each...

What are public food forests?

Imagine a space in your downtown – no matter the size – where fruit is grown. Planners have intentionally planted woody, perennial plants as key components of a community food production system. That’s a public food forest. Public food forests can vary in their...

Food insecurity now a perennial threat

ZIMBABWE is set to import 400 000 metric tonnes (MT) of maize from Zambia and Malawi to be delivered this June to alleviate a food crisis in the country. This will cost the country at least US$120 million before haulage and other costs are considered. Total grain...

Kwale Youth, Kenya launches Elimu Shamba Program programme

A group of youth in Kwale County in Kenya have teamed up and launched a program dubbed ‘elimu shamba’ to train local farmers on modern farming methods to fight perennial hunger. Elimu Shamba Program Coordinator, Omar Jundani said the initiative by the young university...