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Roof-Top Farming in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka roof farmer with his goats. “Dr.M.H.Rahman: I served the Dhaka community through my Veterinary Hospital. The Hospital is still open in my absence. I encouraged people to rear goats, pigeons, ducks and even Japanese quail on their roof-tops since these items have a big market value as there is a consumer preference for micro-livestock. The animal manure is also a source of fertilizer for pot nurseries in Dhaka where this has been the practice for some time.”

Roof-top farming in Dhaka city, where crops include goat, spinach, jute, lemon, guava and many other vegetables that are grown throughout the year.

By Dr.Mohemmed Habibur Rahman, Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
At present: School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Consumer Science, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. P.O.Box: LG 586, Legon
All photos by Dr.Mohemmed Habibur Rahman.

The Case for Building-Integrated Food chain in the inner city

Beyond energy cost, there are additional vulnerabilities in our conventional food-production system. Political crisis like hartal, natural calamities like too much rain, little rain and even flood in the north disrupts communication and in the long-term, reduction of flows water from the upstream will cause water shortages in Bangladesh and its primary vegetable-producing regions. These vulnerabilities are reviving interest in growing food locally (using available resources by the innovative Bangladeshis – once the bottomless basket), and even on the roof tops.

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Rotterdam City Farm Visit – Photos by Julia Claxton

rotterdTasting unusual beetroot varieties with Rewe Verstraeten [L] Mardi Roberts of Ridgeview and chef Rob Carr of Hotel du Vin at Rotterdam City Farm. Currently producing herb,fruit, mushroom and vegetable crops as well as free range chickens the farm is soon to introduce aquaponic fish farming which will rear fish in a sustainable and symbiotic environment with existing produce. Photo ©Julia Claxton

The free Range chickens are temporarily confined indoors as a live urban fox has been raiding them.

By Julia Claxton
Oct 2013


A rather wet day for the Brighton & Hove Food Festival ICEx team, with visiting chef Rob Carr of the Hotel du Vin, to visit Uit Je Eigen Stad [From Your Own Town], an urban farm in the industrial/harbour area of Rotterdam. Nevertheless the tour was a delightful graze through interesting and unusual varieties of produce grown specifically for their superior flavour. The tour was guided by the farm’s Rewe Verstraeten whose in depth knowledge of the cultivation, culinary and environmental aspects of the farm kept everyone enthused despite the damp.

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