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Urban agriculture as a source of social capital in the Cape Flats of Cape Town


Year published: 2019
Categories: Journal Article

Author / Authors:

  • Tinashe Paul Kanosvamhira
  • Daniel Tevera


This paper contributes to the debate on urban agriculture as a source of social capital amongst local communities in African cities through a case-study of Mitchells Plain, a low-income neighborhood in the Cape Flats region of Cape Town, South Africa. A mixed-methods approach, combining a questionnaire survey and in-depth interviews with urban gardeners, as well as interviews with officials was undertaken. The findings show that urban agriculture increases social interaction among urban gardeners and the community. They also show that non-governmental organizations and government actors are crucial in enhancing social interaction within the community. Therefore, these findings have implications for development practitioners who continue supporting and encouraging the uptake of urban agriculture by residents of Mitchells Plain.

African Geographical Review, DOI: 10.1080/19376812.2019.1665555


  • Journal Article