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Urban rooftop farms take root above Hong Kong

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City Farm’s Osbert Lam holding a pumpkin he just harvested at his organic farm. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez) (Must see video of the rooftop farm. Mike)

Rooftop farming is gaining traction around Asia, but in densely populated Hong Kong, where rooftops are aplenty, urban farms are only still beginning to seed.

By Roland Lim,
Hong Kong Bureau Chief,Channel NewsAsia
20 Jul 2015
(See video of rooftop. Mike)

Excerpt:

HONG KONG: In the unlikeliest of places, above a 14-storey industrial building’s rooftop, in the island’s eastern district of Quarry Bay, a patch of green stands out.

Local entrepreneur Osbert Lam wanted out of the rat race five years back and turned his passion project into a viable business.

His modest farm, less than a quarter of a football pitch in size, has up to 500 planter boxes available for rent at US$20 a month.

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July 26, 2015   No Comments

Greater Jakarta: City develops urban farming in subdistricts – in 66 location

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“After we set up the plantations, residents will be responsible for taking care of them.”

The Jakarta Post
July 14, 2015

The city administration has developed 66 modest urban farming spots located across various neighborhoods in an effort to make the city “greener”.

Fisheries, Agriculture and Food Security Agency head Darjamuni Taseda said that the 66 locations included those in Gandaria Selatan in South Jakarta, Slipi in West Jakarta and Kebon Bawang in North Jakarta. Darjamuni said that the agency was responsible for setting up the urban gardens and teaching residents how to take care of the plants.

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July 23, 2015   No Comments

Living costs too high? Try growing your own food, minister urges Malaysians

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Agricultural and Argo base minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri looking at the ‘terung ular’ after officiating the Urban farming event in Penang, June 29, 2015. Picture by K. E. Ooi

“In Malaysia, a family spends an average of RM350 per month on vegetables alone and by growing some of these vegetables, the costs of purchasing the vegetables can be cut to a significant amount,” he said.

By Opalyn Mok
Malay Mail Online
June 29, 2015

Excerpt:

GEORGE TOWN, June 29. More Malaysians should consider following the trend of urban farming, Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today, pointing out that it would not only help alleviate the burden of soaring living costs but also helps families eat healthier home-grown products.

He said at a time when living costs are increasing, it is more economical for Malaysians to start urban farming by growing their own vegetables in their gardens, backyard or even in their apartment balconies.

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July 7, 2015   Comments Off on Living costs too high? Try growing your own food, minister urges Malaysians

Urban Bee Farming Becoming Popular in Seoul

beekorUrban bee farming is a mark of an improved city environment, as bees can only survive in habitats abundant with trees and flowers. (image: Urban Bees Seoul)

Researchers can also learn more about a city’s air quality by examining the number of bees in the city.

Korea Bizwire
June 17, 2015

Excerpt:

Seoul is housing more beehives as citizens are increasingly interested in the unique experience of bee farming.

A citizen school for bee farming has seen its second term students this year, and apiaries can now be found on the roofs of Seoul’s UNESCO building, a building around Yangjae Station, a Seoul University building and a building on Nodeul Island.

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June 25, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Bee Farming Becoming Popular in Seoul

Singapore Experts Visit Rooftop Garden in New York

sinroThe Singapore delegation at a rooftop farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (Photo: Alice Chia)

Centre for Liveable Cities Executive Director Khoo Teng Chye said this presents “lots of opportunities” for Singapore as the country has “lots of rooftops”.

By Alice Chia
China News Agency
10 Jun 2015

Excerpt:

Officials from Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in Singapore and the Centre for Liveable Cities visited the Brooklyn Navy Yard industrial park. They were given a tour of the historical site – one of the first naval shipyards in the United States when it was established in 1801.

Following its closure in the late 1960s, it was converted into an industrial park, so it could continue to provide jobs for its citizens. Now, it houses more than 330 tenants, from manufacturers to seafood importers. The tenants employ more than 6,400 people, up from 3,600 in 2001.

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June 17, 2015   Comments Off on Singapore Experts Visit Rooftop Garden in New York

Bangkok: A huge allotment on top of new mall Siam Square

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Landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom designed the rooftop farm for Siam One shopping complex.

The city’s largest rooftop farm is open to the public every Wednesday and Saturday, with workshops every third Saturday of the month.

By Anchalee Kongrut
Bangkok Post
8 Jun 2015

Excerpt:

The idea of growing rice in the middle of the capital sounds outlandish. But that’s exactly the point, according to Kotchakorn Voraakhom, the landscape architect who designed the rooftop space known as Siam Green Sky. She reminded us that the area known now as Siam Square is no stranger to agricultural activity. It was a rice plantation when King Rama VI donated the land for the official opening of Chulalongkorn University nearly a century ago.

In the following decades, the city expanded, and the area underwent restless development with new buildings, hotels, cinemas and the Skytrain emerging. It eventually evolved into the capital’s bustling,iconic area.

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June 15, 2015   Comments Off on Bangkok: A huge allotment on top of new mall Siam Square

Korea: Rooftop greenhouse is the future of urban farming

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June 5, 2015
The Hankyoreh

A staff member shows off a rooftop greenhouse with a retractable door at the 4th Seoul Urban Agriculture Expo at Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall, June 4. The event runs until June 7. (Yonhap News)

June 14, 2015   Comments Off on Korea: Rooftop greenhouse is the future of urban farming

Crops in a concrete jungle: Singapore’s rooftop farms

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Tomatillos, also known as husk tomatoes, grow at Comcrop, a rooftop farm located on Singapore’s Orchard Street. Video on news site. (Photo: Elizabeth Weise)

By Elizabeth Weise,
USA TODAY
June 5, 2015

Excerpt:

“The idea is basically using a very confined piece of land that could grow a lot of food and at the same time build a community,” said Allan Lim, 42, CEO and one of the co-founders of Comcrop, an urban farming collective.

The farm is located on a 6,000-square-foot rooftop in a building on Orchard Road, a high-end shopping district sometimes called Singapore’s Rodeo Drive.

“Our object is to testbed and see how much food we can seriously grow on marginalized land,” Lim said.

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June 13, 2015   Comments Off on Crops in a concrete jungle: Singapore’s rooftop farms

FAO: Urban and peri-urban agriculture: the way forward for a zero hunger world

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FAO Examples in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean Regions

By Ms Isabel Denis
EuDevDays
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
11 May 2015

Excerpt:

With a growing population estimate to more than 9 billion by 2050 and the growing of the cities estimate to 3,5 billion by 2025, the urban world will have to face challenges and opportunities. 85% of poor people in Latin America and around 50% in Africa and Asia will be concentrate in cities. In many developing countries, urban grow is link with the hope for rural populations to escape hunger, unemployment and insecurity.

They spend most of their income to feed themselves and suffer malnutrition, even at a higher grade than in rural areas, and 30% of them are unemployed. The vulnerable populations socially excluded, generally young and unemployed are a “new bomb” and source of global insecurity which constitute a challenge for the governments to solve.

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June 13, 2015   Comments Off on FAO: Urban and peri-urban agriculture: the way forward for a zero hunger world

Korean TV Show ‘The Human Condition’ subtitled “City Farmer”

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KBS2’s “The Human Condition,” which began their new seasons last month, feature celebrities harvesting crops to cook themselves.

Farming is the up-and-coming trend on Korea’s variety shows

By Lee Hoo-Nam
Korea JoonAng Daily
June 4, 2015

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The genre is best represented by star producer Na Young-seok’s popular reality show “Three Meals a Day,” which began its second season last month with regulars Lee Seo-jin and Ok Taec-yeon from boy group 2PM. Middle-aged actor Kim Kwang-kyu is the new member of the team.

While the first season and its spinoff were about obtaining crops others already harvested or collecting fish from a net, the latest season added a new step in which the cast has to cultivate the crops.

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June 11, 2015   Comments Off on Korean TV Show ‘The Human Condition’ subtitled “City Farmer”

The Real Seeds of Change Are Being Planted by Offenders in Balinese Prisons

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A quiet revolution is underway in Bali’s prisons.

Bangli Prison Organic Farm is the main producer of organic food seeds distributed to regional farmers by the local nongovernment IDEP Foundation

By Ade Andreawan
Jakarta Globe
Apr 27, 2015

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On the inside of Bangli Prison in central Bali, seeds of life are transforming inmates in a correctional revolution of wellbeing not only for health of the prisoners, but the birth of a pioneering food-seed social enterprise — possibly a world-first in prison reform models — providing nourishment for tens of thousands across Bali, and strengthening Indonesia’s food sovereignty in the process.

Bangli Prison Organic Farm, supported by an Indonesian donor-funded team of permaculture and community development experts, is the main producer of organic food seeds distributed to regional farmers by the local nongovernment IDEP Foundation.

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May 30, 2015   Comments Off on The Real Seeds of Change Are Being Planted by Offenders in Balinese Prisons

Japan’s Future Vertical Farms – Semiconductor Chip Companies Produce Food

How Japan is using high tech factories to grow vegetables indoors.

By Rachel Mealey
Al Jazeera
25 May 2015
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Excerpt:

By 2050, the world will need to feed an additional 2.5 billion people living in cities. Yet as the demand for food rises, the amount of land available for agriculture in developed countries is expected to decline.

In Japan, at the Fujitsu factory of Aizu-Wakamatsu which still manufactures semiconductor chips for computers, a different project is underway which may offer a solution to this problem.

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May 26, 2015   Comments Off on Japan’s Future Vertical Farms – Semiconductor Chip Companies Produce Food

New Taipei City farmers offer plots to city-dwellers

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Urban farmers could “kill two birds with one stone,” by producing healthy, homegrown vegetables while obtaining some full-body exercise at the same time, he said.

By Lin Hsin-han and Chen Wei-han
Taipei Times
May 11, 2015

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For city-dwellers who want to try organic agriculture, farms and groves in New Taipei City’s Shuangsi District are available for rent — with farm help also obtainable for a small charge — including routine farmwork and a daily photographic update of growing produce via messaging app Line.

Against the backdrop of the recurring food scares the nation has seen, Shuangsi District Director Chen Chi-cheng said that homegrown food is the safest, but city residents are hard-pressed to find even a small plot of arable land in urban areas.

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May 19, 2015   Comments Off on New Taipei City farmers offer plots to city-dwellers

Shanghai’s Green Ring Generates Half of The City’s Food

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Update May 2015 – RUAF – Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security

This RUAF Update informs you about our latest activities including:

Ongoing activities:
• CITYFOOD network
• Milan Urban Food Policy Pact
• CityFoodTools workshop on city region food system assessment
• Role of urban agriculture in working with refugees in Jordan
• WABEF: using slaughterhouse waste for bio-energy production
• Successful course on Food Security in an Urbanising Society
• Young Expert Programme

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May 18, 2015   Comments Off on Shanghai’s Green Ring Generates Half of The City’s Food

Managing change and building resilience: A multi-stressor analysis of urban and peri-urban agriculture in Africa and Asia

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Tending the garden, Sichuan, China, ca.1940-1950.

Resilience of UPA systems is being undermined by urban growth pressures

By Jon Padghama, Jason Jabbourb, Katie Dietrichc,
Urban Climate
Volume 12, June 2015, Pages 183–204

START and UNEP, along with several partners in Africa and South Asia, recently completed a 9-city assessment of urban and peri-urban agriculture that focused on the environmental dimensions of UPA. An article in Urban Climate synthesizing the findings of the assessment is available here. The article examines how poor governance, haphazard urban growth patterns and extreme events are amplifying impacts on UPA systems that may undermine the capacity of UPA systems to meet urban food as well as adaptation needs.

The assessments can be accessed at http://start.org/programs/upa

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May 16, 2015   Comments Off on Managing change and building resilience: A multi-stressor analysis of urban and peri-urban agriculture in Africa and Asia