Bangladesh survey – Urban Agriculture Planning or Rural Agriculture Planning
Treadle pumps have enabled more than 1.5 million Bangladeshi farmers grow marketable produce. Photo by Ecoagriculture Partners.
Public comments on the subject using Facebook
By Iqbal Hossain Shimul
January 24, 2011
“Iqbal Hossain Shimul from Bangladesh has opened up a 10 day online public comments survey via Facebook 21-31 January 2011. The surver focuses on whether urban agriculture planning or rural agriculture planning is best for a country. After 3 days, the feedback generated clearly shows most are of the opinion that both are equally important, but rural agriculture planning is most important because of the space afforded. This is an important dialogue at a time in our globally collected lives where we are all looking for information on how to save money, but also live sustainable lives.”
I believe, both of them are equally important in Bangladesh. For commercial food production we have no chance in urban agriculture. On the other hand, food, nutrition and climate will not be fulfilled without urban homestead agriculture.
There is no doubt rural agriculte is important as the economy of Bangladesh is agriculte dependent. However, I think urban agriculture is very important particularly the peri-urban agriculture practices. This is important if we consider from the point of food security and food safety. Urban agriculture increases food security, nutrition and sometimes economic benefit for poor household people living near peripheral slum areas. On the other hand, from the pollution point of view, we must consider the source of irrigation water. The water polluting from industries (particularly textile, tannery and others) the nutrition value is decreasing from the threat of food safety.
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Iqbal is the founder and executive director of the FACE Trust (Farmers Advancement & Cultivating Effort). FACE’s mission is to help build competence of individuals and organisations of the Bangladesh region in organic agriculture and thereby contribute to build ecologically, economically and socially sustainable agriculture and agribusiness.