School farming and school feeding in Nakuru town, Kenya : practice and potential

TitleSchool farming and school feeding in Nakuru town, Kenya : practice and potential
Publication TypeOther
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsD.W.J. Foeken, and A.M. Mwangi
Series titleASC working paper
Date Published2007///
Place PublishedLeiden
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAfrica, agriculture, food security, Kenya, school meals, urban agriculture

Most research on urban agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa has concentrated on farming by individual urban households, while farming by urban institutions has been largely overlooked. Probably the most prevalent and important type of institutional urban agriculture is school farming, the focus of this paper. The authors examine school farming and school feeding in Nakuru town in Kenya on the basis of a survey among primary and secondary schools carried out in June 2006. A largely structured questionnaire was used to obtain data on school characteristics, school farming activities, and school feeding practices. Moreover, anthropometric data were gathered for all class 1 primary school pupils. The study shows that school farming is very common in Nakuru town. Almost all primary and secondary schools are engaged in flower gardening and tree growing, over half of the schools practise crop cultivation and a number of schools keep some livestock. The majority of crop-cultivating schools also have a school feeding programme. Two 'success stories' demonstrate that schools in Nakuru can reach a high degree of self-sufficiency for their feeding programmes. Factors contributing to this success are the availability of land and water, and external support for school farming. [ASC Leiden abstract]

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