Women Feeding Cities: Mainstreaming Gender in Urban Agriculture and Food Security


Hovorka, Alice, Henk Zeeuw, and Mary Njenga, eds. 2009. Women Feeding Cities: Mainstreaming Gender in Urban Agriculture and Food Security. Rugby UK: Action Publishing.

Authors: Alice Hovorka, Henk Zeeuw, Mary Njenga



"Poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition have become critical urban problems. Meeting this challenge, in many cities around the world, women play a crucial role in household food production, growing vegetables in gardens and vacant urban spaces, raising animals, and trading in fresh and cooked foods .They boost household nutrition as well as generating income and building social inclusion among the urban poor. Women’s vital contribution, however, has largely been neglected by city officials, economic planners and development practitioners, who have tended to concentrate on the industrialization of food production. Women Feeding Cities analyses the roles of women and men in urban food production, and through case studies from three developing regions suggests how women’s contribution might be maximized. In the second part, detailed guidelines and tools show how to bring women into the mainstream of urban agriculture research and development. Providing evidence from around the world as well as field-tested guidelines, Women Feeding Cities is essential reading for both policy makers, planners, researchers and practitioners working on urban agriculture programmes" (RUAF Foundation).


Table of Contents

Gender in Urban Agriculture : an Introduction

Gender Dimensions of Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture in Hyderabad, India - Gayathri Devi and Stephanie Buechler

Gender in Jasmine Flower-Garland Livelihoods in Peri-Urban Metro Manila, Philippines - Raul Boncodin [and others]

Gender and Urban Agriculture : the Case of Accra, Ghana - Lesley Hope [and others]

Gender in Urban Food Production in Hazardous Areas in Kampala, Uganda - Grace Nabulo, Juliet Kiguli, and Lilian Kiguli

Gender Dynamics in the Musikavanhu Urban Agriculture Movement, Harare, Zimbabwe - Percy Toriro

Key Gender Issues in Urban Livestock Keeping and Food Security in Kisumu, Kenya - Zarina Ishani

Urban Agriculture, Poverty Alleviation, and Gender in Villa María del Triunfo, Peru - Noemí Soto [and others]

Gender Perspectives in Organic Waste Recycling for Urban Agriculture in Nairobi, Kenya - Kuri Gathuru [and others]

Urban Agriculture as a Strategy to Promote Equality of Opportunities and Rights for Men and Women in Rosario, Argentina - Mariana Ponce and Lucrecia Donoso

The Role of Women-Led Micro-Farming Activities in Combating HIV/AIDS in Nakuru, Kenya - Mary Njenga [and others]

Gender Dynamics of Fruit and Vegetable Production and Processing in Peri-Urban Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico - Stephanie Buechler

Urban Agriculture and Gender in Carapongo, Lima, Peru - Blanca Arce, Gordon Prain, and Luis Maldonado

Gender and Urban Agriculture in Pikine, Senegal - Gora Gaye and Mamadou Ndong Touré

Incorporating Gender in Urban Agriculture Projects

Beyond the Project Cycle : Institutionalizing Gender Mainstreaming

Tool Box for Gender-Sensitive Urban Agriculture Projects.

Topics: Agriculture, Development, Economies, Poverty, Gender, Women, Gender Mainstreaming, Households, Livelihoods, Security, Food Security

Year: 2009

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