Compost: A Tool to Sustainable Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa?

  • Blaise Pascal BougnomEmail author
  • Onana Boyomo
  • Dieudonné Nwaga
  • Jean Justin Essia Ngang
  • François Xavier Etoa
Part of the Sustainable Development and Biodiversity book series (SDEB, volume 3)


Africa, with around one billion inhabitants is the world’s second largest and most-populous continent after Asia, the majority of this population live in cities and generate urge amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) which constitute a serious threat to the health of the residents and the environment. Urban and Peri-urban agriculture (UPA), an activity that was developed in African cities in response to the structural adjustments programmes in 1990s is becoming more and more intensive with the continuous raising population. Composting MSW represents an economically, environmentally and socially advantage that could inspire all stakeholders involved in urban planning, within an integrated municipal waste management system, since the MSW that is daily generated has a significant percentage of organic waste that could be easily recycle within the cities in order to close the carbon cycle.


Urban agriculture Sub-Saharan Africa Sustainable development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Blaise Pascal Bougnom
    • 1
    Email author
  • Onana Boyomo
    • 1
  • Dieudonné Nwaga
    • 1
  • Jean Justin Essia Ngang
    • 1
  • François Xavier Etoa
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Science, Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of Yaounde 1YaoundeCameroon

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