Urban gardens one solution to corruption and hunger

11 June 2022: Loraine Gay Mfeka, 72, started urban farming on a piece of land that was overgrown with bush and being used as a illegal dumpsite in Montana Park in Pretoria. Mfeka cleared the land herself and now grows a variety of healthy organic vegetables which she supplies to the community or people who pass by her garden. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee

11 June 2022: Loraine Gay Mfeka, 72, started her urban farm on an overgrown, illegal dumpsite in Montana Park, Pretoria. She cleared the brush and now grows organic vegetables for the community and passers-by. (Photograph by Ihsaan Haffejee)

Anna Majavu – 20 June 2022

Academics and pavement gardeners say growing food in the city can alleviate hunger, shorten the food supply chain, mitigate climate shock and bring previously divided communities together.

Urban agriculture is one way for people to overcome their utter disappointment in the government and become more self-reliant, say urban gardeners and academic experts. And with the cost of living in South Africa rocketing, along with the rising unemployment rate, city dwellers should waste no time in setting up food gardens on their nearest pavement…