Thuening, Emily Mika (2018). Causes of Expansion of Urban and Peri-Urban Crop Cultivation in Northwest Namibia. Masters thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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This study focuses on one small but rapidly urbanizing city in arid northwest Namibia, where urban and peri-urban crop cultivation has been expanding in recent decades, yet the reasons behind this development are unclear. This thesis aims to identify the factors that are driving this change through three analytical lenses: demographic, socio-economic, and environmental. To achieve this, an understanding of the local food system was established both from the consumption and production side. A market survey was conducted, and farmer and agency interviews were carried out during a six-week research period on site in Opuwo, Namibia. The main drivers for crop expansion that emerged from this study include: environmental stressors, population pressure and urban migration; economic savings and dietary supplement; and supporting the informal social safety net. This paper discusses how these closely interconnected and complex factors work to influence the growth of cultivation in this water scarce landscape.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters thesis)
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-94301
Series Name at the University of Cologne: Culture and Environment in Africa Series
Volume: 13
Date: 2018
ISSN: 2194-1556
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 4: Außereuropäische Sprachen, Kulturen und Gesellschaften > Institut für Ethnologie
Subjects: Customs, etiquette, folklore
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Namibia, urbane Landwirtschaft, Demographie, Sozioökonomie, Umwelt, MasterarbeitGerman
Namibia, Urban Agriculture, Demography, Socio Economics, Environment, MA thesisEnglish
Date of oral exam: 2018
NameAcademic Title
Bollig, MichaelProf. Dr.
Naumann, ChristianeDr.
Refereed: Yes


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