urban agriculture

To integrate urban agriculture into the urban ecosystem … create linkage: use of urban residents as laborers, use of typical urban resources, links with urban consumers, manage impacts on urban ecology, consider the competition for land with other urban functions, consider urban greenery, cleaning and beautification agenda

Stage of the project




Starting Up





Why was this project started?

As the project is studied to serve as an input for the structural plan of the city of Dire Dawa, the city has implemented it as part of its plan. Urban agriculture is among the five strategic direction of the city (like that of MSEs, industry, tourism), it is then mandatory for the city to implement the project. Since I am not closer to the city these days, I have no adequate information on the current status.

The results of the project so far

So far no mid-term or end-term evaluation of the project is done. In fact, the project is not as such a single project. There are a number of projects within it. The study, on other hand has served to be replicated in other big cities like Jigjiga, the capital city of Somali Regional Administration of Ethiopia.

What are specific, distinctive, strong elements in this project?

1. The study considers urban agriculture integrated into the urban economic and ecological system: embedded in -and interacting with- the urban ecosystem; its linkage: its use of urban residents as laborers, use of typical urban resources (like organic waste as compost and urban wastewater for irrigation), its links with urban consumers, its impacts on urban ecology, urban policies and plans, etc. to influence it as it competes for land with other urban functions, its contribution to urban greenery, cleaning and beautification - ensure a variety of tree cover through landscape management and use of agro-forestry systems, windbreaks and woodlots
2. The research design it has employed: the exhaustive variables it tried to capture including the business cluster, networking and partnership; the way it uses both the qualitative and quantitative instruments; its sampling technique, engagement of stakeholders in the study including the SWOT analysis and recommendation aspects; the literature review including the empirical studies it explores (like, practices and lessons it attempted to draw to learn from); its consideration of the nation’s policy and strategy on the sector; the assessment of the sector's situation of the city; frameworks it attempted to design including data analysis;
3. The recommendation part: the study designed an intervention model and made use of the model as the analytical framework to reach into a number of recommendations. It forwarded key recommendation areas intended future intervention of the city, which include: sustainability development goals (SDGs); the social, economic & ecological perspectives; knowledge management including database - useful for learning & innovation, and decision; systematizing business framework; enabling environment (technology transfer, input supply, services and support provision); organizations (including clustering); and inclusiveness
4. The implementation strategies: institution, access to land, BDS, loan

Which specific lessons, do's and don'ts would you like to share? What would be suggestions for others when preparing or implementing the project in their own city?

The options the study attempted to explore creating access to land; business opportunities explored; networking and partnership as well as broad perspective of urban agriculture in the overall urban ecology, economics and sociology fabrics are among the important areas lessons could be drawn from, challenges, do's and don'ts that I can share with other urban professionals

Have others adopted, or shown interest in adopting, your idea in their own area?

Yes. The capital city of Somlaia regional administration of Ethiopia and other cities in the region are to be cited.

Can you tell us how valuable this project was for you?

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2. Will you use this information in your own practice?
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3. Could this project be shared to - and implemented in - your own city?
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