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Vertical and rooftop agriculture gain momentum in Cairo, Egypt

Photographed by Valentina Cattane.

Labib’s private rooftop in Mohandessin is going to serve as a pilot location for one of Cairo’s first permaculture – self-sustaining environmental systems.

By Steven Viney
Valentina Cattane
Al-Masry Al-Youm


In Cairo, urban agriculture is growing in popularity as more and more people strive to adopt more eco-friendly approaches to the environment and encourage the decentralization of the community’s reliance on farming corporations.

Many academics and supporters are championing methodologies by hosting workshops in which attendees can learn how to set up small urban gardens and make use of their personal spaces – rooftops, balconies and private gardens.

One of the biggest difficulties, however, is the lack of facilities for supporters and practitioners to communicate with each other on a continual basis.

In an attempt to bridge this gap, the Food Sovereignty Project website has recently been launched to offer a platform where users can blog about their experiences and meet others involved in urban agriculture in the community.

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1 comment

1 Kerry Guy { 10.08.12 at 7:08 am }

I am Australian and have lived in Cairo fro over 11 years and this is the most exciting environmental project I have yet seen. This excites me like nothing before. If more projects such as this begin throughout Cairo and other Egyptian cities then Egypt is on the verge of a life transforming miracle. This is amazing. I congratulate every one involved.
Kerry Guy