HARVEST OF HOPE: A Case Study: the Sustainable Development of Urban Agriculture Projects in Cape Town, South Africa. Kirkland, D.E. University of Cape Town 2008.

This
 thesis 
states 
that 
market 
initiatives 
that 
support 
access 
to
 alternative 
food 
networks
 can 
positively 
affect 
the 
stability 
and sustainability 
of
 small 
scale 
community
 urban 
agricultural 
projects.
There
 is 
a 
relationship 
between
 the 
capital 
assets,
 stability,
 sustainability
 and
 the
 further
 development
 of
 UAPs,
 which 
is 
examined 
in
 this
 study.



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Urban Agriculture and Food Security. Haysom, G. Sustainability Institute. 

This study asks what is required for a neighbourhood to effectively support its residents to access healthy, nutritious and locally produced food. Specifically, what is necessary for this to be done in a manner that enhances social justice, the supply and maintenance of ecological services and a neighbourhood’s effective functioning? 

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Urban Agriculture, Social Enterprise and Box Schemes in Cape Town. Coradie, B. & Thom, A. University of Cape Town 2012.

Abstract

The social benefits of urban agriculture, such as improving food security, developing a sense of community and promoting ecological conservation, are well documented in the literature and in practice. However, in order to contribute to sustainable economic development, urban agriculture must also present viable business opportunities. This study set forth fresh produce box schemes operated via a social enterprise model as a context-appropriate, economically viable business opportunity for promoting inclusive socioeconomic development. Using mixed-methods, three box scheme business models were compared and a survey of 354 current subscribers to box schemes in Cape Town was analysed. Qualitative analysis of the box scheme models reveals potential strengths and weaknesses of each enterprise. Survey results presented here indicate that participating households source half their fresh produce and a quarter of their groceries overall from box schemes, demonstrating consumer demand and establishing a market. The survey data further show the social enterprise box scheme to capture a competitive portion of this market and deliver as much consumer satisfaction as other business models, suggesting that this type of enterprise can hold its own in the market. The findings presented in this paper suggest that a social enterprise box scheme is a viable model for urban agriculture-related socioeconomic development in Cape Town.

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