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Canada: Syrian farmer hopes to harvest a field of dreams in Alberta

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Mohamed El Daher and his wife Nahiama work their backyard garden. Leah Hennel / Postmedia Network

When his family of five arrived in Calgary a year ago, El Daher wasted little time in plowing under the lawn in the backyard of his Ranchlands home, planting vegetables among the furrows.

Bill Kaufmann
Calgary Herald
August 1, 2017

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The Syrian Refugees Support Group Calgary connected him to Abdullah Chybli, whose parents hail from Lebanon and Syria. Chybli has lent El Daher 1.2 hectares of farm land northeast of the city, so that El Daher can grow a firmer financial footing.

El Daher’s enthusiasm for farming seemed genuine and the farm land seemed fertile ground to help a refugee adapt and contribute, said Chybli.

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What stops Indian cities from growing their own food?

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India’s 377-million urban population is expected to grow by another 300 million by 2050 and yet, agricultural land is rapidly shrinking in urban areas, leaving city dwellers increasingly reliant on rural farmers for meeting their sustenance requirements.

Navya P K
Citizen Matters
Aug 1, 2017

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Despite adverse conditions, some farmer groups have thrived. The Yamuna bank farmers, who are not legally acknowledged at all, have been farming and selling their produce in Delhi markets for generations. In Cuttack, slum residents do farming to produce food for themselves, and sell the surplus in local markets. In 2009 in Mumbai, a charitable Trust helped the residents of Ambedkar Nagar slum clean up a garbage dump near their homes and convert it into a community farm.

These, however, largely constitute individual and sporadic successes rather than a systematic, sustained development of urban agriculture. India’s governments have been largely ignoring the issues faced by urban farmers, while continuing to promote household-level gardening.

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