Urban crop farming as a variant of urban agriculture is a rising phenomenon in food and income generation especially in the developing countries. It is useful in fresh food supplies, recycling of urban wastes and poverty alleviation. However, as an informal activity, the greatest challenge it faces is accessibility to land. This tends to undermine the numerous contributions it can make to a city's development in terms of social, economic and environmental developments particularly its influence on climate change, fresh air supply and healthy living of the teaming urban population. There is therefore an urgent need to examine the potentials and risks associated with urban crop farming in order to identify factors that can enhance its productivity and economic viability by improving practitioners’ access to land. The purpose of the paper is to do this.
The study therefore conceptualized that land accessibility among urban crop farmers can be predicted from identified constraint variables. Respondents in some locations where urban crop farming was found to be thriving well within the Lagos Metropolis were randomly selected and administered with structured questionnaires.
The data collected were analyzed using factor (principal component) analysis which enabled the construction of a constraints analysis equation or regression equation.
The study identified five constraints affecting land accessibility among urban crop farmers with the most critical factors being affordability and security of tenure.
Odudu, C. and Omirin, M. (2012), "Evaluating the constraints affecting land access among urban crop farmers in metropolitan Lagos", Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 130-146. https://doi.org/10.1108/20440831211272599Download as .RIS
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