Drawing on four decades of research in West Africa, Tony Binns explores the crucial role of urban agriculture in post-conflict Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone experienced a decade of civil war (1991-2002) that devastated the country and led to massive migration from the rural areas into the capital city, Freetown. Desperate to feed their families, many households took up food production on vacant land in and around the city, growing a wide range of fruits and vegetables to supplement diets and selling surpluses for cash income in the city's markets. Many of the urban farmers are women, some of them war widows, for whom such farming is vital to sustain their family livelihoods.
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