Farmers fear development of Cape Town’s Philippi urban farmlands could cost them their livelihoods and worsen the city’s already extreme food inequality

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“Losing the Philippi Horticultural Area to development would be catastrophic,” says farmer Nazeer Sonday who has been fighting to protect this farmland in the heart of Cape Town for nearly a decade.“The area is key to the city’s climate resilience and resolution of its food crisis.”

The coming months are critical. Last week, a court battle began which Sonday fears may determine not only his own future, but that of the most fertile agricultural land in South Africa.

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