Urban Agriculture's enterprise potential:Exploring vegatable box schemes in Cape Town

 

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dc.contributor.author Thom, A
dc.contributor.author Conradie, B
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-09T12:54:23Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-09T12:54:23Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03031853.2013.770953
dc.identifier.citation Thom, A., & Conradie, B. (2013). Urban agriculture's enterprise potential: Exploring vegetable box schemes in Cape Town. Agrekon, 52(sup1), 64-86. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0303-1853 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19535
dc.description.abstract Urban agriculture is potentially an important element of land reform and economic development programmes in South Africa. The social value of urban agriculture, such as improving food security, developing a sense of community and promoting ecological conservation, is well documented. But in order to effectively contribute to development agendas, urban agriculture must also present viable, sustainable economic opportunities. This study sets forth vegetable box schemes as a context-appropriate, economically feasible urban agriculture enterprise for which there is growing consumer demand. A survey of 354 subscribers to vegetable box schemes in Cape Town is analysed, finding these households source half of their fresh produce and a quarter of their total groceries from box schemes. The study explores dimensions of consumer satisfaction and considers ways in which box schemes may be expanded. This paper also offers a brief comparison of different box scheme models in order to demonstrate that a development-oriented social enterprise model can compete with other for-profit models in the market. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_ZA
dc.source Agrekon en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ragr20/current
dc.subject.other urban agriculture
dc.subject.other vegetable box subscription schemes
dc.subject.other demand-side analysis
dc.title Urban Agriculture's enterprise potential:Exploring vegatable box schemes in Cape Town en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-05-09T10:18:03Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR) en_ZA
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