Zhang, Mengyi and Dannenberg, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-4159-6635 (2022). Opportunities and Challenges of Indigenous Food Plant Farmers in Integrating into Agri-Food Value Chains in Cape Town. Land, 11 (12). BASEL: MDPI. ISSN 2073-445X

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In many regions of the Global South, introduced crops have led to a loss of biodiversity and left the food system vulnerable to climate change. As a result, the (re-)introduction of indigenous food plants (IFPs) into agriculture is discussed as a way to a more sustainable and resilient food production, which might also be feasible for Southern small-scale garden farmers. In Cape Town (South Africa), the first attempts to commercialize IFPs of the Cape Floristic Region are currently being made. By using a value chain perspective, this study analyzes the opportunities and challenges for farmers to integrate IFPs into regional commercial agri-food chains. Based on qualitative interviews and ethnographic participant observation, we identify and explain different challenges and potentials: Challenges include the complex harvest licensing procedure and limited seed/cutting access for growers, limited capabilities and capacity of growers, the competition with subsidized conventional production and limited distribution options, as well as a negative cultural perception of IFPs and a lack of preparation knowledge at the consumption level. Further, we identified opportunities for environmental adaptation and income generation. Remarkably, our results indicated a, so far, barely discussed geographical component in the success of indigenous crops. The findings are useful for guiding relevant market development interventions and raising awareness of IFPs in Cape Town and beyond.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Dannenberg, PeterUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-4159-6635UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-659258
DOI: 10.3390/land11122267
Journal or Publication Title: Land
Volume: 11
Number: 12
Date: 2022
Publisher: MDPI
Place of Publication: BASEL
ISSN: 2073-445X
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Environmental StudiesMultiple languages
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/65925


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