Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 386

Full Length Research Paper

Governance of agriculture in the cities of developing countries: Local leaders’ perspectives

Hawa Suleiman Mkwela
  • Hawa Suleiman Mkwela
  • Department of Geography Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Norway.
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  •  Received: 12 June 2013
  •  Accepted: 15 April 2014
  •  Published: 31 May 2014


This paper used the perceptions of local leaders at a ward level to assess the governance of urban agriculture (UA) in Kinondoni Municipality-Dar Es Salaam City in Tanzania. Unstructured interviews were conducted with 24 local leaders involved in the day to day governance of UA in the Municipality. During the interviews, the local leaders were requested to narrate their perceptions on the governance of UA in the Municipality based on three criteria namely leadership quality, infrastructure provision and farmers’ land right. In general, the leaders had the opinion that in the current settings there were limited efforts and plans to support UA in Kinondoni Municipality as assessed using the three criteria mentioned above.

Key words: Governance, urban agriculture, local leaders, ward agricultural officers, Tanzania.


UA- Urban  Agriculture;  WAO- Ward  Agricultural Officer; DCP- Dar Es Salaam City Profile; WEO- Ward Executive Officer; WLO- Ward Livestock Officer; DADPs- District Agricultural Development Programs, MALDO- Municipal Agricultural and Livestock Development Officer; SCINAP-Sustainable Cities International Network-Africa Programme.