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India: Leafy towns can firefight urban heat – Urban farming boosts nutritional security

Pandals are special framed structures used for vegetables with twine like stems. The weak climbers utilize this support, which protects the produce from soiling and increases exposure to sunlight and aeration.

Urban as well as periurban agriculture can help achieve nutritional security, even as one agrees that food security needs to come from villages.

Dr M S Swaminathan
Deccan Chronicle
Apr 8, 2018
The author is Father of Indian Green Revolution. He is recipient of the first World Food Prize, in 1987.

Excerpt:

It is time we graduated from food security to nutritional security. Fruits and vegetables can be grown by individuals to supplement nutritional needs. There is something known as hidden hunger. You might be getting enough food, but the nutrients that your body needs might be absent from your food. Your food might not have sufficient iron, protein or zinc content. This is where rooftop and homestead kitchen gardens can be useful.

Urban as well as periurban agriculture can help achieve nutritional security, even as one agrees that food security needs to come from villages. Conventional agriculture needs to continue, but urban agriculture can supplement nutrients.

Rooftop farming can be taken up as a hobby or as a method to supplement the protein needs of children at home. But special emphasis needs to be laid on periurban agriculture. There is a lot of unused land surrounding cities, which can be used to cultivate onions and tomatoes.

Since their prices fluctuate, supply from periurban areas can stabilise prices. This can also ensure year-round supply.

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