Kara has partnered with USIU on an initiative aimed at promoting user friendly policies that will enhance food safety, reduce urban poverty and improve livability both at the neighborhood and national level.

As part of implementation of the initiative, some specific issues of interest have been identified and revolve around questions such as:  What are the current practices and implications of urban farming practices, how can we enhance food safety and livability in urban areas; what challenges do poor urban populations face in practicing urban farming activities; and what are the effective strategies and policy interventions for mitigating these challenges.

Kara organized a workshop at the secretariat offices to brief members on the initiative and facilitate discussion on improving urban farming practices as social enterprise and developing user friendly policies that enhance food safety, reduce urban poverty, and improve livability. Participants also completed a questionnaire to capture their views on urban agriculture and these will inform development of recommendations on mechanisms that should be put in place to promote urban agriculture in Kenya.    
Urban agricultural practices have a number of advantages for communities, for instance it improves the quality of the urban environment through the introduction of green space and thus a reduction in pollution and global warming, help in closing the urban loop system that is characterized by importation of food from rural zones and provision of local food sources for low-income communities.