- photo: Simone Rots
Nakuru, 140 km from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, was founded in 1952. Nakuru consists of a large number of farms, organized like an African version of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City. It is an excellent example of how rural and urban features can merge together into one urban fabric. The metropolitan region of Nairobi offers interesting research questions regarding the theme ‘Feeding’, because agriculture, the backbone of the Kenyan economy, is very present. Gardening is practiced everywhere: along riverbanks, roads and railway lines and under power lines. People garden on private plots and public land and sell their products on the local markets. Despite horticulture’s contribution to the urban food supply and livelihoods, agriculture has largely been excluded as a land use in Kenya’s cities and towns as a form of heritage from the colonial period.
As is often the case in third-world countries, cities are often lacking sustainability, quality of life and food security. Nairobi and Nakuru are no exceptions.
As such it puts forward a good example for other (Western European) New Towns aiming to include food production in their urban planning.
- source: Google Earth