Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert

Faculty Advisor

Jiusto, J. Scott

Project Center

Cape Town, South Africa


High rates of unemployment afflict Cape Town, especially in the informal settlements surrounding the city. This project developed a rooftop gardening programme to create employment opportunities for unemployed and poor Cape Town residents. The rooftop gardening programme can promote job creation, entrepreneurship, and local food production, and if implemented at a large scale, could have a positive impact on dozens of low income households in Cape Town. Through GIS mapping, market research, and cost and revenue calculations, we have developed a programme to implement rooftop gardens in the Central Business District of Cape Town.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs