Science, technology and innovation (STI) could help promote the use of urban agriculture to sustain food and nutrition security in African cities.
Those who specialize in agriculture, geography and urban planning says that urban agriculture has been neglected in urban planning and development agenda.
Specialist in Agriculture explains that the continent needs to increase the adoption of modern technology and innovations in farming such as using agricultural data monitoring sensors that transmit timely data on amount of nutrients in the soil, rainfall and temperatures to mobile phone devices for action. There is a need to find localized solutions to food and nutrition security issues in our urban settings.
The level of Hunger in Africa has risen but sustainable solutions hasn’t been found,” says Sheryl Hendricks, director, Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Hendricks explains that urban agriculture could help increase agricultural diversity, especially in the manufacturing of vegetables to help nutrition security.
According to science, technology and innovation research could help find innovations to aid food safety and reduce post-harvest losses and food waste.
With the aid of Urban Agriculture, food nutrition and security will be sustained in Africa.