Kitwe is located in the Copperbelt Region. It is the second most populous city in Zambia with almost 700,000 inhabitants, of which 65 percent are under 25, and 52 percent under 18. Education levels are low, and the city faces high youth unemployment (23%), while unemployment among young women is the highest in the country (69%).
Kitwe sources most of its fresh produce from other districts and has problems related to water, waste management, environmental degradation, and climate vulnerability. This has led to its high interest in food systems transformation. The Municipality is highly committed to developing its sustainable city region food system. Kitwe is a member of MUFPP, and has a draft City Strategic Plan that Urban Futures can build on.
In addition to working with the Municipality, Urban Futures is exploring partnerships with informal economy associations, youth training centers, RUAF partner University of Copperbelt, and Kitwe’s Youth Forum, as well as aligning with national food and nutrition programs and international partners (FAO’s Green Cities initiative, the EU funded AfriFoodLinks project, and others.)