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Singapore: Revamped mall to have urban farm, swimming pool, high-tech food court

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An artist’s impression of a bird’s eye view of the new Funan, which will will boast the largest area set aside for urban agriculture in the Central Business District. Photo: CapitaLand.

Will feature a 4,000 sq ft urban farm

Today Online
Sept 7, 2016

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The mall will also feature a 4,000 sq ft urban farm, where the public can learn more about the origins of their food and “adopt a plot” to grow their own products. Coupled with the 12,000 sq ft food garden, Funan will have the largest area set aside for urban agriculture in the Central Business District (CBD).

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Africa: Can farmers extend their cultivation areas in urban agriculture? A contribution from agronomic analysis of market gardening systems around Mahajanga (Madagascar)

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A farmer on an embankment watering two small plots.

Our study provides urban planners with insights on the respective parts played by farming systems, territorial resources and organization of marketing systems in the supply of the cities by urban agriculture.

By M. Mawoisa, C. Aubryb, M. Le Bail
Land Use Policy
17 September 2010

Abstract:

The rapid urbanization in developing countries implies an increasing pressure on urban agriculture for production. As most perishable food products come from this agriculture in close proximity to population concentrations, we analysed from an agronomic point of view how market-garden farmers can meet this increasing urban demand. This work took place in the case of Mahajanga, a secondary city with high increasing demographic rate on the Northwest coast of Madagascar. Based on preliminary surveys to characterize the farming systems (on a sample of 91 farms), 11 market-garden farmers chosen in the three main agricultural zones of the urban area were surveyed during two years.

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Ottawa’s ‘Britannia Backyard Edibles’ looking for room to grow their business

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Madeleine Maltby and Matthew Mason-Phillips are working hard to grow their business, Britannia Backyard Edibles. (Laurie Fagan/CBC)

“It’s almost become pathological … Wherever I’m walking or driving I’m always scanning. ‘What kind of backyard is that? What could I grow?'”

By Laurie Fagan
CBC News
Sep 05, 2016

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Along with Madeleine Maltby, 27, Mason-Phillips co-owns Britannia Backyard Edibles, an urban farming operation now in its second year. Together they’ve transformed 10 backyards — and one front yard — into vegetable garden.

Mason-Phillips says there’s a good supply of fertile but underused green space in central Ottawa that could be put to work for food production.

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