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Paris to turn a third of its green space into urban farms

La Chambeaudie Farm is located on the 500 square meter (5,380 square foot) roof of a medical center owned by Paris Metro (RATP) in the 12th arrondissement — a district in the east of Paris on the right bank of the River Seine. Credit: Aéromate

So far, 74 companies and public institutions have signed a charter to partner with the city in developing urban agriculture.

By Katy Wong
CNN
3rd April 2018

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Since the Parisculteurs project launched in 2016, 75 projects have been approved by the city of Paris, covering 15 hectares of spaces. The projects will create more than 500 tons of produce.

La Chambeaudie Farm, run by agriculture start-up Aéromate, is located on the 500 square meter (5,380 square foot) roof of a medical center owned by Paris Metro (RATP) in the 12th arrondissement — a district in the east of Paris on the right bank of the River Seine.

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South Africa: Joburg’s mushrooming rooftop gardens

A crop of basil will supply restaurants and traders around FNB’s Bank City.

Joburg CBD dwellers are putting on their farming caps, 21st century-style

By Natalie Watermeyer
Business Alive
05 April 2018

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The potential for taking farms to rooftops was recently demonstrated by the Urban Agriculture Initiative, a partnership between the Chamber of Mines, the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership and WIBC (Wouldn’t It Be Cool), an incubation and mentorship organisation.

In a pilot project run over the past six months, Nhlanhla Mpati was selected to establish a hydroponic garden on a balcony of the 93-year-old Chamber of Mines heritage building in Marshall Street.

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Food Justice And Sovereignty In The Neoliberal City: Possibilities And Limits Of Urban Agriculture

One of the most celebrated, but least investigated, aspects of urban agriculture is how the produce is distributed and used.

By Chiara Tornaghi
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University, Coventry, UK
Bollettino Della Società Geografica Italiana Roma – Serie Xiii, Vol. X (2017), Pp. 92-103

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Introduction. The rediscovery of urban agriculture. An opportunity to re-think the link between city, urbanism and food.

In the last ten years the urban cultivation of food – in the form of allotments, community gardens and more generally urban agriculture (UA) – has raised the interest of community groups, local governments and research in the Global North. Before then, the interest for food cultivation – while still an existing grassroots practice – has been considerably limited in the policy and research communities. A notable exception being David Crouch and Colin Ward’s (1988) work which to date, is still one of the most complete overviews of the European urban allotment tradition.

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