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The World Bank: Urban Agriculture: Food, Jobs, and Lower Food Miles

Urban agriculture has potential for not only to provide fresh and nutritious food for urban consumers but also to create more and better jobs faster for growing youth population.

By Vivek Prasad
The World Bank
May 2, 2017

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A sizable area of Bangladesh’s capital city Dhaka and its periphery are engaged in agricultural activities. For example, the business district of Tejgaon in the center of Dhaka has 38 per cent of the land available for agriculture. In addition, about 10 square kilometer of rooftops within the Dhaka City Corporation are vacant and potentially could be used for urban food production.

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Student compares container, vertical and hydroponic gardens to assess their ability to grow several different types of lettuces

University of Kentucky student Anna Townsend.

University of Kentucky student says: “This type of garden fights consumer waste and provides a sustainable way to grow fresh produce.”

By Katie Pratt
University of Kentucky News
May 1, 2017

Excerpt:

Housed in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, CKUK uses student volunteers to glean produce that would otherwise go to waste. They use it to prepare healthy meals for Lexingtonians in need. Since it is a student-led, nonprofit organization, its budget is minimal. Townsend’s research will allow the group to continue to produce fresh vegetables in the winter months in a sustainable and economical way.

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Italy: Save the Gandusio Rooftop Garden in Bologna

The garden, initially promoted by the Bologna City Council as a way to promote intercultural dialogue and social cohesion between the inhabitant of the social housing building is today being dismantled by the same City Council

Petition in English

Since 2010, the Gandusio rooftop garden promotes social cohesion, and intercultural dialogue in the social housing buildings of via Gandusio (Bologna). Over the years, gardeners have contributed to growing, in this unused common space, an intercultural and cohesive community, open to the whole public through the realization of various cultural initiatives open to the public. The garden, initially promoted by the City of Bologna has become an international case study, addressed by several scientific studies in the fields of agronomy, social sciences and urban planning.

The garden has been referred to as an innovative example of sustainable planning by the European Gazette Science for Environmental Policy and has been featured in several documentary films, including the internationally awarded documentary God Save The Green.

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