Slow Food Uganda is working with the Youth Network to mobilize citizens to grow urban gardens as a way of increasing access to nutritious and affordable vegetables and fruits among families and localized communities. Edible Cities can be a viable and sustainable activity to improve nutrition, income generation, and ecological advancement.
High levels of undernutrition and food insecurity are some of the challenges brought by the increasing urbanization in Uganda. Most of the urban dwellers lack access to affordable, healthy, and nutritious foods since much of the food consumed in urban centers comes from rural areas including vegetables, fruits, and staple foods.
Why Edible Cities?
“Edible cities are very important because they influence sustainable practices in the city like creating designated areas for growing food, be it having vegetable gardens on rooftops or front yards, which is crucial in creating access to diverse and nutritious food, as well as generating income to humble families,” said John Kiwagalo, Coordinator, Slow Food Youth Network Uganda and Africa, during the Edible Cities Forum at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto.