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HCM City in Vietnam agricultural restructuring a success story

Bui Van Da raises crocodiles in HCM City’s Binh Chanh District. The export of crocodiles and crocodile skins has contributed to a significant improvement in the city’s agricultural value last year. — VNA/VNS Photo Pham Do

To encourage farmers switching to urban agriculture, the city has decided to provide soft loans for farmers.

Jan 18, 2015


The city farmers had an average annual profit of VND325 million (US$15,400) per ha last year, up 15.2 per cent against 2013, according to the municipal People’s Committee.

Last year, farmers who grew safe vegetables had an annual profit of VND400 million ($19,000) per ha and those who bred milk cows had an annual profit of VND100 million ($4,700) for raising 20 milk cows.

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January 18, 2015   No Comments

Singapore Management University plants seeds for new urban farming movement

(From left) Imran Aljunied, 28, SMU President Professor Arnoud De Meyer, Mayor for Central Singapore District Denise Phua and urban farmer Donald Tan, 48, plant a nutmeg sapling at the Grow initiative at the Singapore Management University campus on Jan 6, 2015. Photo By Alphonsus Chern.

Under the project, 30 planter boxes containing plants such as herbs, will also be put up for adoption at $80 a box.

By Olivia Ho
The Straits Times
Jan 7, 2015


SINGAPORE – A new urban farming movement is taking root in the heart of the city at Singapore Management University (SMU).

The university launched its new Grow initiative to encourage gardening and sustainable living on Tuesday morning, when it started a new garden plot outside the School of Accountancy and Law building along Queen Street.

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January 16, 2015   No Comments

Hong Kong to acquire 80 hectares of land to create the city’s first agricultural park.


It would likely boost the annual amount of local produce by 25 per cent to about 20,400 tonnes, equivalent to a value of about HK$200 million.

SCMP Editorial
Jan 5, 2015


With more than 90 per cent of fresh produce coming from the mainland, there would seem little to be gained from the idea. Farming is a fickle business, being governed by the weather and seasons and requiring costly equipment and fertiliser. Land for housing and recreation is in short supply. Setting aside space to grow what can already be obtained for reasonable prices elsewhere would appear to make little sense. With the government’s compensation rate for farmland presently at HK$808 per square foot, acquiring the 80 hectares would cost, by the Post’s estimates, at least HK$7 billion.

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January 14, 2015   Comments Off

Kid Farmers prove they can do it in Thiruvananthapuram, India

The students of Kallai Government Upper Primary School with the crops on their school campus. Photo by K Shijith.

Ladies finger, curry leaf, ash gourd and tomato are a few crops to name in their vegetable garden.

By Aswathi Krishna
India Express
15th December 2014


The students embarked on farming when their school became a venue to receive the ‘Vithuvandi,’ an ambitious project of the Departments of Agriculture and Education. Awareness classes and exhibitions conducted by the organisers of the programme instilled confidence in the students to try their hands at farming. The first crop they cultivated was red spinach. “Since we shunned the use of chemicals, the spinach we cultivated were good in quality and quantity,” says C K Vinodan, headmaster of the school.

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December 28, 2014   Comments Off

Bangkok Rooftop Spirulina Farms are part of our future

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A first class restaurant develops recipes using the blue-green algae

Al Jazeera
Dec 23, 2014
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A Bangkok-based start-up called EnerGaia is pioneering a unique urban farming model. Across the city’s neglected rooftops, a small team of chemists and engineers are growing a nutritional supplement which also happens to be one of the planet’s oldest life forms: spirulina.

This organism is a fast-growing blue-green algae with an estimated protein content of 60 percent and contains essential fatty acids and vitamins. In fact, this superfood grows rapidly without the need for soil or fertilisers and can convert carbon dioxide from industry into to a highly nutritious food.

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December 25, 2014   Comments Off

Singapore: Aquaponic urban farm puts seniors to work

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According to Spark Architects, its Homefarm part retirement home, part retiree-run urban farm concept would achieve food security and production sustainability, and improved health and community spirit among Singapore seniors.

By Stu Robarts
December 2, 2014


Spark says that its actual aim is to “generate discussion about the many potentials that can emerge from the mixing of two typically separate realms.” Specifically, in this case, it’s referencing the combination of accommodation and facilities for seniors with an urban farm. It notes the context that Singapore has a significantly aging population, growing city populations and imports over 90 percent of its food. The Homefarm concept, it says, addresses all of these issues.

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December 6, 2014   Comments Off

Malaysian Public Urged To Join ‘Urban Farming’ Programme

malaytA new breed of urban farmers takes over a neighbourhood vacant plot.

The participants will also be provided with fertilisers and seedlings.

By Bernama
National News agency of Malaysia
Nov 2014

SERDANG, Nov 24 (Bernama) — The limited land is not an excuse for the public, especially residents of high rise buildings, not to engage in agricultural activities.

Agriculture officer Azlini Zuraida Endut of Urban Farming Division, Putrajaya Agriculture Department, urged those interested in joining the programme to register with the ministry.

“Our officers will visit them to advice on the types of plants to be grown.

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Cambodia: For Those Who Can Afford It, Urban Farming Bears Fruit

A catfish forms? Part of the aquaponics system at Mr Chandara’s farm. (Neou Vannarin/The Cambodia Daily)

Mr. Chandara and Mr. Sophal said that if more farmers adopted their modern cultivation methods, the country’s agriculture industry would be more stable and productive.

By Neou Vannarin
The Cambodian Daily
Nov 25, 2014


The hydroponics system does away with many of the hassles of traditional farming while allowing vegetation to thrive in a confined urban setting, using only the electricity needed to power a small pump, Mr. Sophal said.

Since he first turned on the taps of his contraption in 2011 after taking a short course on hydroponics in Thailand, Mr. Sophal’s urban farming experiment has gone from a pet project to a full-fledged enterprise.

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Academicians, NGOs push benefits of urban farming

21st century farms: UPM agriculture faculty dean Prof Dr Abdul Shukor Juraimi with a vertical farming system the university is working on. Abdul Shukor believes urban agriculture holds great promise in an increasingly urban world.

In Malaysia, Abdul Shukor said rooftop gardening has potential.

By Lim Wing Hooi
The Star
Nov 29, 2014


Universiti Putra Malaysia Assoc Prof Dr Yahya Awang added that the plants used in urban agriculture are types that people need daily with economic benefits that people tend to overlook.

“You don’t need to drive to buy a few leaves of lemon grass from a shop, which would cost you time, money and eventually cost the environment more than what the lemon grass would cost if you can just cut them from your backyard,” he said.

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November 30, 2014   Comments Off

Vegetable farm in the sky in Malaysia

An Agricultural Department staff checking on the growth of the vegetables, which are being cultivated on multi-level fibre pipes at Hotel Bunga Raya. Photo by Mustafpha Ismail.

“The farm not only make the view from the sixth floor more beautiful and greener but also allow us to enjoy the fruits of our labour”

By Mohd Farid Noh
New Straits Times
12 Nov 2014


Batu Pahat: Hotel Bunga Raya here became the first hotel in Johor to undertake the Urban Agriculture Programme through its “vegetable farm in the sky” project, where it grows vegetables on the sixth floor of the hotel.

The unique project, backed by the Johor Agricultural Department, is being implemented in an empty space using multilevel fibre pipes to cultivate various types of vegetables.

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November 18, 2014   Comments Off

Philippine cemetery’s vegetable garden inspires town to go organic


In Barangay Bulac, no resident has gone hungry because anyone can harvest vegetables from backyards or public gardens, village chief Dante Al Fernandez said.

Philippine Daily Inquirer
3 November 2014


A public cemetery in Barangay (village) Poblacion here has become the launch pad of this town’s biggest nutrition program anchored on organic vegetable farming.

Vegetable gardens can be seen in the town’s barangay hall compounds, road shoulders, school campuses and backyards, thanks to a project that started in plots on vacant lots of Himlayan ng Bayanover a year ago.

“We found out that our soil is fertile enough to produce quality vegetables such as string beans, eggplants, tomatoes and papaya,” said Mayor Nerivi Santos-Martinez.

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November 9, 2014   Comments Off

Hong Kong’s best rooftop farms


“He and his volunteers help rooftop farming enthusiasts grow more than 20 varieties of fruit and vegetables organically in boxes rented out for $160 a month.”

Time Out Hong Kong
Nov 4, 2014


City Farm, Rooftop, Zung Fu Industrial Bldg, 1067 King’s Rd, Quarry Bay, 2156 9163;

Osbert Lam came to farming quite late but once he started he never looked back. His passion project, City Farm, is located on three different rooftops in the city. As a laidback father of two, he uses his farms as a retreat from the rat race pace of Hong Kong. His passion has since spread to others, and he and his volunteers help rooftop farming enthusiasts grow more than 20 varieties of fruit and vegetables organically in boxes rented out for $160 a month.

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November 7, 2014   Comments Off

Enzo Pinga co-founds urban agriculture company in Philippines


BK Organics specializes in aquaponic systems, which combine aquaculture – raising freshwater fish, with hydroponics – cultivating plants in water

By Frank Arbogast
News at Gettysburg
Oct 13, 2014


Aquaponics is a relatively new technology, and BKO is on the forefront of implementing it. In order to create successful prototypes, Enzo conducted research with the Filipino Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Enzo has taken this knowledge to work in the Metro Manila area educating communities on urban agriculture, and is actively presenting his work with urban agriculture at sustainability conventions.

“Our mission is to spread the technology as far and wide as we can, building farms in places that need it most, for people that do not have regular access to healthy food,” said Enzo.

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October 23, 2014   Comments Off

Istanbul’s Threatened Urban Agriculture

Garden in Piyale Pasa. Photo by Jennifer Hattam.

“These fields here used to meet one-third of the food needs of the European side of the city, and it’s still the closest large agricultural area to the city center – just 25 kilometers away from Taksim Square,”

By Jennifer Hattam
Culinary Back Streets
September 30, 2014,


Many of the city’s once numerous small farms and market gardens (known in Turkish as bostan) have already fallen victim to urbanization or are at risk of doing so. The grubby neighborhood between the Emniyet bus station in Aksaray and the Yenikap? metro terminal was as recently as the 1950s covered with green fields famed for their cucumbers. Parking lots and gas stations sit atop what were bostan lands just a few years ago in the grey and gritty Piyale Pa?a neighborhood of Beyo?lu. That area’s one remaining market garden, alongside the 16th-century Piyale Pa?a Camii, is hemmed in by a busy highway, service-bus parking strips and carwash and tire shops.

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October 2, 2014   Comments Off

Making farming work in the big city, Manila, Philippines

The main demo farm of Quezon City’s “Joy of Urban Farming” program. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/

“The main goal is to improve nutrition, while also trying to reduce poverty,”

By Fritzie Rodriguez


Unknown to many, right smack in the middle of the Quezon Memorial Circle, rows of vegetables line the 1,500-square-meter space.

This main demo farm is just one of the many sites under Quezon City’s “Joy of Urban Farming” program launched in 2010 by Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte. Until today, the program tries to spread green thumbs among city-dwellers.

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