Researchers: Christine Bonnin (UCD Geography) and Inês Raimundo (Eduardo Mondlane University) with Rogers Hansine (UCD Geography), Cândida Bila (Eduardo Mondlane University) and collaborators Tobi Morakinyo (UCD Geography), Emilio Magaia (Eduardo Mondlane University) and Ainhoa González Del Campo (UCD Geography)
Low income and vulnerable households, social groups and communities living in rapidly growing cities across Africa face concurrent challenges of maintaining food security whilst coping with the impacts of climate change. This project aims to investigate co-created, socially inclusive ‘edible Urban Green Infrastructure’ (UGI) as a strategy to support food security and climate resilience in two rapidly growing cities in Mozambique (Maputo and Xai-Xai), a country highly vulnerable to climate risks, including flooding, cyclones and drought. Urban agriculture can help cities address these twin challenges, yet as social inequality is a key issue when it comes to access to quality food, the project will examine not only diverse, multifunctional systems for food provisioning with environmental sustainability and climate-adaptive dimensions, but also ones that enable inclusive participation and outcomes. The project is partnered with local civil society organisations and community groups to understand the necessary conditions to promote edible UGI in vulnerable urban communities, and how it can be designed and used to better meet the needs of these groups.
Funder: Irish Research Council Coalesce (Strand 2B in partnership with Irish Aid)