Sociotechnical configurations for managing water reuse in urban agriculture

Acknowledging the dynamics of growing cities in Africa, urban agriculture is stressed to play an important role in creating resilient and sustainable food systems through production, as well as employment and income diversification. With the rapid growth of urban centres, access to land and water (of adequate quality) is a critical concern for urban farmers. Despite the challenges faced of access to marginal land and water, small-scale agricultural practices dynamically adapt to urban expansion in order to persist. Consumers remain dependent on urban farming for the availability of leafy vegetables as an indispensable part of their diet

The objective of this research is to understand how practices of irrigated urban agriculture emerge and evolve under the influence of material-institutional pressures affiliated with processes of urban growth. This study draws on a multisite ethnographic field research conducted within the city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. By studying agricultural practices (as well as other interrelated and mutually shaping practices), it contributes to the understanding of how irrigated urban agriculture becomes more (or less) effective in contributing to health, food security and environmental sustainability.

This PhD research is part of the Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS) graduate school. The research is a collaboration between Ardhi University (School of Environmental Sciences and Technology) and Wageningen University (Water Resources Management group and Environmental Policy group) and closely aligns with work of other institutes working in the domain of urban water and agriculture.