Factors influencing urban agriculture: a case of Kampala district
Nansamba, Emily Irene
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In Uganda, urban dwellers are faced with a constant burden of food shortages even when some of them carry out urban agriculture in order to sustain themselves and with a number of factors influencing the urban agriculture the people living in the urban areas are in turn affected. This study was conducted in Kawempe division, Kampala district with the key objective of assessing factors that influence urban agriculture. Specifically, the study examined the factors influencing urban agriculture and the study used the mixed methods approach with quantitative and qualitative methodologies with data having been collected from 185 respondents to obtain information on food access, food availability, food utilization and food sustainability. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics, involving percentages and frequencies and inferential statistics- Mann Whitney U-test and also a logistic regression analysis. The logistic regression analysis was used to determine the factors influencing urban agriculture among the urban population. The study reveals that a number of factors including gender, age, education, proximity to markets, experience and Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) policy on crop and animal husbandry influenced urban agriculture among the people. The policy recommendations include the government putting forward sustainable and favorable policies to enable urban agriculture (UA) among the urban populations and also agricultural extension services on UA should be facilitated to increase the farmers‘ knowledge and skills.