IUSD Lecture #2 / Dr. Hesekia Garekae, Rhodes University, South Africa

Provisioning ecosystem services, urban foraging, and livelihood resilience in Southern Africa

Over the past several decades, the world’s population has been rapidly urbanising, which has resulted in a marked shift of global population from rural to urban areas. Despite the economic prospects normally synonymous with urbanisation, the current speed and scale of urban transformation come with formidable challenges to contemporary urban society. Against this backdrop, this study portrays urban foraging, a component of urban provisioning ecosystem services, as a key strategy towards promoting livelihood resilience and reduced vulnerability, especially of the urban poor. The study findings demonstrate that urban foraging is integral to livelihoods and traditions, it provided household energy, dietary diversity, health, and cultural affirmation, among others.

Date / The IUSD Lecture will be held in English via Cisco Webex on:
Monday, November 23, 2020 / 09:45-10:45 CET

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121 533 2192