New Stories From 'Urban Agriculture Notes'
Random header image... Refresh for more!

Seoul, Korea Pushes for More Urban Rice Farms

ricko
Other ventures by the city to promote rice consumption include establishing an eco-friendly rice production complex, expanding the sales network and support for Gyeongbokgung Rice, and launching field study programs for students. (image: KobizMedia/ Korea Bizwire)

Despite being the most crowded city in Korea, Seoul is still home to 602 rice farms.

By Korea Bizarre
October 10, 2016

Excerpt:

In 2015, some 3.49 million square meters of land were devoted to rice farming in Korea’s capital, producing 1,805 tons of rice, which roughly equals the total daily consumption of the city’s population of 10 million – given that the average rice consumption per capita is 172.3 grams per day (2015).

Of the rice farmed in Seoul, 54 percent was sold to retail franchises, 26 percent to the government, and 15 percent directly to consumers. The rest was consumed by the farmers themselves.

[Read more →]

October 17, 2016   Comments Off on Seoul, Korea Pushes for More Urban Rice Farms

Can urban agriculture help to save east Aleppo, Syria?

alpo
‘There’s still the problem of not enough fuel or farm hands,’ says farmer Salim Atrache [Mahmoud Shehabi. Aljazeera]

As conditions worsen, one local farm is trying to feed besieged residents, one crop at a time.

Adam Lucente and Zouhir Al Shimale
Aljazeera
Oct 17, 2016

Excerpt:

Although some Aleppo residents have already been raising animals and growing food in the city, what makes Atrache’s project unique is the size of the plot and the intent to provide food for the masses.

“We’ll sell the crops so we can cover our expenses,” explained Abu Brain, who works on the farm. He said that the farm would go out of its way to ensure that none of its crops ended up in the hands of the government, aiming only to provide food for rebel areas.

[Read more →]

October 17, 2016   Comments Off on Can urban agriculture help to save east Aleppo, Syria?

2016 FAO’s Annual Report highlights climate change, agriculture and food security

fao2016

Agriculture has big role to play in curbing greenhouse gas emissions – Rapid action needed to put smallholders and food systems on sustainable paths

FAO Press Release:
17 October 2016, Rome

The pledge to eradicate hunger and poverty must go hand in hand with rapid transformations of farming and food systems to cope with a warmer world, FAO said today in a new report.

Agriculture, including forestry, fisheries and livestock production, generate around a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Agriculture must both contribute more to combating climate change while bracing to overcome its impacts, according to The State of Food and Agriculture 2016.

“There is no doubt climate change affects food security,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said while presenting the report. “What climate change does is to bring back uncertainties from the time we were all hunter gatherers. We cannot assure any more that we will have the harvest we have planted.”

That uncertainty also translates into volatile food prices, he noted. “Everybody is paying for that, not only those suffering from droughts,” Graziano da Silva said.

[Read more →]

October 17, 2016   Comments Off on 2016 FAO’s Annual Report highlights climate change, agriculture and food security