Photo credits @ Bioregional South Africa

Urban Food Security: Collaboration for Sustainability

Luna Al Momani
Luna Al Momani


As the world recovers from the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, more innovative ideas to ensure food security are being discovered. In this virtual insight session, from North Beach Durban, we share with you a good practice of a food garden started by homeless men during the lock down at the end of 2021. Using the Sisonke Garden as a pilot project, Bioregional is collaborating with the local municipality to work on developing the business plan to be applied in more gardens to promote local production as well as composting.

In the second instalment on Urban Food Security,  we get nuggets on circular economy along the food supply chain and collaboration between non-state actors and local governments to contribute towards food security. Bioregional is working with the municipality to transform this project into a scalable, replicable system to be applied and create a whole market, providing employment opportunities and a localized solution for food waste that would limit greenhouse gas emissions from landfills as well as transport involved in disposing of food and garden waste.



  • Introducing “One Planet Living” action planning tool.
  • Highlighting the importance of localizing economies and the benefits of circular economies.
  • Sharing the good practice to motivate other municipalities to replicate similar initiatives.



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    Introduction and opening remarks

    Connective Cities moderator


    Urban food growing in downtown Durban (eThekwini), KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa. Two City exemplars - successes, lessons learnt, innovations and challenges

    Sarah Alsen, Director, Bioregional South Africa


    Urban Agriculture in Habiba Community

    Maged Al Sayed, Habiba community, Egypt


    Summary and closing remarks

    Connective Cities moderator