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Speaker promotes urban agriculture at Philippines’ 2017 Science Awards Ceremonies

Gardening in schools is the most viable approach to urban agriculture to produce larger quantities of crops since many schools (at least in Metro Manila) still have a lots of green spaces

By Dr. William Dar
The Manila Times
Apr 7, 2017

Excerpt:

So far, urban agriculture has yet to take root, literally, in many urban areas in the Philippines – just look at the many vacant spaces in Metro Manila and elsewhere where urban agriculture is very feasible. The empty rooftops of many high-rise or even low-rise buildings can also be utilized for urban agriculture.

Urban agriculture is not only limited to growing crops, primarily vegetables: it also includes the growing of trees, and raising of animals and fish. It could also be integrated into the urban economic and ecological system of an urban area.

While there are programs to promote urban agriculture, policies should be put into place for the development of safe and sustainable urban agriculture that takes into account the following: formal acceptance of urban agriculture as an urban land use; enhancing access to vacant open urban spaces and the security of agricultural land use; enhancing the productivity and economic viability of urban agriculture by improving access of urban farmers to training, technical advice and credit; supporting the establishment and strengthening of urban farmer organizations; and taking measures that prevent/reduce health and environmental risks associated with urban agriculture.

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