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Taiwan: Taipei holds policy presentation marking World Urban Farmers Day

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je launched the garden city policy in 2015.

By Liu Chien-pang and Evelyn Kao
Focus Taiwan
May 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) Taipei held an event Sunday to present the results of the city’s implementation of a garden city policy and mark World Urban Farmers Day on May 22.

At the presentation, Deputy Mayor Lin Chin-rong said that since the policy was launched in 2015, 402 community gardens and city farms have been opened for adoption by ward chiefs, schools, enterprises and volunteers.

The city’s next step is to promote organic farming, according to Lin.

The garden city policy is not only about vegetable gardens but also other elements, including eduction, social care and spiritual therapy with the aim of creating a common dialogue among people in the same community and forge consensus, Lin said.

In response to global urban-farming fever, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je launched the garden city policy in 2015.

In the same year, the Community Agriculture Promotion Center was established in the city, enabling civic groups to adopt agricultural space and to work together to cultivate an edible landscape and create a green, healthy garden city, according to the city government.

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