November 2018

The manual for urbanGAPs (good agricultural pracitces in the urban context) for Maputo have been published

urbanGAPs-Farmers manual Maputo

July 2018

Project update, July 2018:

The guidelines for  urbanGAP (good agricultural practices in the urban context) for Cape Town have been published.

urbanGAPs Cape Town Edition

A workshop to develop urbanGAP guidelines for Maputo will take place in late July 2018.


Cultivando Maputo Documenta

Documentary on urban agriculture in Maputo, Mozambique now also available in German

Documentary on urban agriculture in Maputo, Mozambique out now. The film by Dariusch Tabib-Elahi and Severin Halder had its southern premiere in Maputo in May, 2018 during the celebration for the 10 year anniversary of the master program “Rural Sociology and Development Management” and its northern premiere in Prinzessinnengärten, Berlin during a panel discussion with Grace Nkomo, Dan Tevera and Razack Kariem in July, 2018.

June 2018

Project update, June 2018:

Conference participation at ISDRS Conference in Messina, Italy by Razack Kariem and Nicole Paganini

Impact of urban agriculture_N.Paganini + A.Schelchen (Presentation ISDRS Messina June 2018)

urbanGAP innovation_NPaganini-AKuehn-ASchelchen ((Presentation ISDRS Messina June 2018)


Conference participation by Dan Tevera at VAD Conference in Leipzig, Germany. Participation on two panels, panel 1: urban struggles in Africa, panel 2: controlling mobilities, border policing in Africa

Field research on backyard gardens by Enrique Fernández and Matias Siueia.

March - May 2018

Recent Publications:
  • UFISAMO Newsletter 4 QY17
  • Briefingpaper 02.02.2018
  • The „yellow″ SLE publication series is the fruit of its overseas projects as part of SLE’s postgraduate course „International Cooperation for Sustainable Development”The new study researched the possibilities and challenges of sustainable urban agriculture using the example of Maputo and Cape Town.
    With its multiple dimensions and functions, urban agriculture has the potential to contribute to a sustainable urban development process, depending on how it is executed and who is included. In this study, we promoted multi-stakeholder dialogue about the outlook of urban agriculture in Maputo and Cape Town in form of interviews, meetings, field visits, farmers’ meetings and scenario-building workshops. The goal was to create a common vision with the different actors – farmers and gardeners, non-governmental organizations, social movements, enterprises, scientists and policy makers – and to develop strategic measures for positive change that served as the basis for formulating recommendations.
    SLE Perspectives of Urban Agriculture in Maputo and Cape Town (ENG)
    SLE Perspectivas da Agricultura Urbana em Maputo e Cidade do Cabo (POR)

February 2018

Conference participation at ACC International Urban Conference in Cape Town by Nicole Paganini, two papers were presented:

urbanGAP for a Sustainable Urban Food System_Paganini-Schelchen Presentation at ACC conference, Cape Town Feb 2018

August - December 2017

SLE research on Perspectives of Urban Agriculture in Maputo and Cape Town

March - May 2017

Field phase in Cape Town and Maputo

  • May 2017: Baseline data collection preparation ongoing in Cape Town (questionnaire adaptation and pretest; logistics)
  • May 2017: Baseline data collection accomplished in Maputo
  • March 2017: Expert interviews and networking; Further preparatory work for the establishment of a communal demonstration plot in Cape Town with a consortium involving Abalimi and other representatives of Civil Society Organizations
  • March 2017: Interviews with associations for Urban Agriculture in Maputo accomplished. This serves to categorize urban farmers to orientate the baseline survey

April 2017

Preparatory trip for project component “stakeholder dialogues and scenarios for urban agriculture” (WP 4.3) to Cape Town and Maputo by Severin Halder

April 2017

Research kick off for the project component “risk and benefits in urban livestock rearing” by Max Baumann and Filomena DosAnjos

April 2017

Coordination trip to Cape Town and Maputo to prepare annual meeting in Cape Town (planned for October 2017) and review cooperation after the first field phases

March/April 2017

One master and one bachelor student of Humboldt University finalized their field work on composting methods and household welfare in Cape Town in close cooperation with Abalimi. .


Presentation of the project during a conference on “consumption habits” in Cape Town

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7 – 10.03/2017

presentation of project during the conference on organic agriculture in Freising

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February 2017

Meeting in Cape Town between the scientific supervisors for UFISAMO of UEM and UWC for the establishment of a research network

February/March 2017

Reports on value chains for main products of urban agriculture in Cape Town and Maputo have been finalized

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February 2017

First quarterly newsletter describing project progress from Oct 16 – Jan 17

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3-6.12.2017, Cape Town

3-6.12.2017, Cape Town

Food Security: global challenges, loca

1: Culture and politics in food security
2: Social protection for food security
3: Sustainable intensification of food production systems
4: Transitions, urbanization and food security
5: The food-water-energy nexus
6: Plant, animal and bio-engineering science for FS
7: Reducing food losses and waste
8: Reducing risks to food production & distribution from CC
9: Nutritional security
10: Business-science-community cooperation to advance FS
11: Public policy for food security
12: Food sovereignty and democratization of food systems
13: Women the key to sustainable food & nutrition security

19-22.9.2017, Bonn

19-22.9.2017, Bonn



The future of agriculture: Social-ecological transitions and bio-cultural shifts

12-15.9.2017, Bologna

12-15.9.2017, Bologna


Greener Cities

– Cities and climate change
– Smart horticulture for sustainable cities  (practices; innovation technologies; pest control; Supply chains; managing bush land)
– Green infrastructure for more effective ecosystem services
– Designing and engineering greener cities

11-12.9 2017, Berlin

11-12.9 2017, Berlin


Urban Agriculture

4 panels:

– Food Security and Food Sovereignty

‐ Climate and Environment

– Right to the City / Access to Resources and Space / Local Economies

– Education / Empowerment / Qualification


Main objectives:

  • Support initiatives and strategies for sustainable urban development
  • Engage professional exchange
  • Establish and strengthen local partnerships

Support equal exchange between global north and global south

20-24.8.2017, Yogyakarta

20-24.8.2017, Yogyakarta


Conference on Organic Farming in the Tropics;
state of the art, challenges, opportunities

Soil management and soil quality
Natural plant protection
Organic livestock production
Food quality and food safety
Organic farming and climate change
Smart energy and agriculture:
Economic analysis of organic farming
Soil bio-technology

7 - 9.7.2017, Maputo

7 – 9.7.2017, Maputo


Geographies of Food and Food Security

“geography of food and food security”
1. Food production, global and local challenges and cases of good practice
2.  Food consumption, with special reference to urban challenges and solutions
3. Food, nutrition and health
4. Gender roles in food systems
5. Food in the formal and informal sectors
6. The role of migration in food production and consumption patterns and preferences
7. Food security in the context of natural disasters and in the face of armed conflict and disease pandemics
8. Food policy and governance

22-23.6.2017, Poznan

22-23.6.2017, Poznan


Logistics Facing Challenges of Food Security and Environmental Protection

1. Food losses and waste in the agri-food sector
2. Traceability in the food supply chains
3. Sustainable food supply chains
4. Engineering for food security
5. Problems, challenges and trends in food supply chains

14-16.06.2017, Bogotáv

14-16. 6 2017, Bogotá

ISDRS conference

The International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) is pleased to announce its 23rd Annual conference to be held on June 14-16 in Bogotá, Colombia; hosted by the Universidad de los Andes School of Management (UASM)!

Inclusive Sustainability for Development:
How to engage academy, government, communities and business

The ISDRS 2017 Core Themes are:

Theme I.   Sustainable Development Science
Theme II.  Ecosystem Pressures and Limits
Theme III. Climate Change and Energy
Theme IV. Sustainable Land Use & Sustainable Cities
Theme V.  Sustainability: Transitions and Innovations in Organisations
Theme VI. Society, Quality of Life and Sustainability
Theme VII. Institutions and Governance Structures for Sustainable Development

9-10.5.2017, Utrecht

9-10.5.2017, Utrecht


GFIA Europe 2017

Innovation in agriculture

28-29.4.2017, Göttingen

28-29.4.2017, Göttingen


3rd Global Food Symposium

Global agri-food systems are undergoing a rapid transformation, involving new food standards, new technologies, novel forms of vertical coordination, changing consumer preferences … The ramifications for trade flows, industry structure, competitiveness, and social welfare (…) are not yet well understood. Developing countries (…) face technical and institutional emerging value chains. This may have implications for poverty, food constraints, potentially impeding successful participation in security, nutrition, and sustainable development.

28-31.3.2017; Nairobi

28-31.3.2017; Nairobi


1st all Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition

Reducing Food Losses and Waste: Sustainable Solutions for Africa will discuss and showcase actionable strategies for reducing food loss in Africa