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Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition • FSN Forum

Re: Call for experiences and effective policy approaches in addressing food security and nutrition in the context of changing rural-urban dynamics

Diana Lee-Smith
Diana Lee-SmithMazingira InstituteKenya

This submission comes from Mazingira Institute, an NGO in Nairobi, Kenya, summarizing its support to the City County of Nairobi, for improved urban food security and food systems planning. Here is an excerpt on the process of deveoping training for city staff. The full submission is in the attachment.

This was a collaboration between government and civil society towards improved governance and food systems management in a primate city of Eastern Africa. The over-arching characteristic of the process has been to implement a new piece of legislation developed under Kenya’s Constitution and Bill of Rights which includes the right to food, within the framework of Kenya’s institutional structures and towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable, resilient cities.

The Nairobi City County government has consolidated its pioneering role in integrating agriculture and food security into urban local administration and governance. Within the framework of the Nairobi Strategic Plan 2015-2025, it has brought together different sectors of local government to implement a novel piece of legislation that aims at alleviating hunger and poverty while protecting food safety and the environment.


The training course consisted of five modules:

Module 1: Urban Food Production and Agriculture

  1. NCC’s presentation on agriculture and the 2015 Nairobi City County Urban Agriculture Promotion and Regulation Act
  2. Urban agriculture in Africa and globally
  3. Urban Agriculture and waste management in the food system
  4. Discussion on implementing the 2015 Act


Module 2: Urban Food Systems Policy and Planning

  1. The urban agri-food system
  2. Urban food systems: a world-wide policy challenge
  3. Local government jurisdictions in the food system
  4. Other stakeholders in the food system
  5. Discussion on Nairobi’s inter-sectoral opportunities and challenges


Module 3: Planning and Design for Urban Food Systems

  1. Challenges of planning and design for urban food systems
  2. Components of urban food systems that need planning and design
  3. Types of food spaces in Nairobi
  4. Case of NACHU housing cooperative
  5. Discussion on planning and design of food systems in Nairobi


Module 4: City and Regional Food Economies

  1. Urban agriculture, incomes and poverty
  2. Agro-ecology v WTO and trade agreements
  3. Making the local and regional food economies work
  4. Services and programs to get small farmers out of poverty
  5. Discussion on Nairobi City County’s food system as a productive sector


Module 5: Urban Food and Nutrition Security

  1. Urban food and nutrition security globally and in Africa
  2. The right to adequate food and nutrition – how urban agriculture helps
  3. Veterinary public health and livestock consumption – learning from Nairobi
  4. Aquaculture, fish and water management
  5. The way forward for Nairobi City County

After the course, evaluation in consultation with an international City Region Food Systems Training Group of which Nairobi City and Mazingira Institute are members, it was decided in future courses to add a sixth Training Module on Waste Management and Re-use.