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Rooftop Urban Agriculture Centre Opens on a Shopping Mall in Bangkok

Siam Green Sky.

Chulalongkorn University has invested about 5.6 million baht to turn the 1 rai rooftop space of the seven-storey Siam Square One shopping mall into an urban agriculture learning centre.

By Karnjana Karnjanatawe
Bangkok Post
Mar 26, 2015


“We will expand the green project to cover a total of 28 rai of space in and outside buildings belonging to the university in the future,” he said. Siam Green Sky is segmented into three zones. First is an innovative area consisting of a solar cell system for farming, a demonstration room showing how to produce fertiliser from organic waste and gardening plots for growing herbal, decorative plants and rice.

The second zone shows plants from many countries while the last zone is an easy-care garden for those who do not have much time, but want to plant vegetables.

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March 26, 2015   No Comments

Hong Kong’s first agricultural park calls for people ‘serious about farming’


Agricultural park will seek to increase amount of home-grown produce

By Fanny W. Y. Fung and Olga Won
South China Morning Post
Mar 4, 2015


Up to 80 tenants serious about farming will be selected to join Hong Kong’s first agricultural park under a new policy to revive home-grown produce in the city.

The proposal to use 70 to 80 hectares of private farmland for the park will provide farmers with land, infrastructure and scientific know-how to improve productivity. Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said that support services could also be extended to the 2,400 existing farms in the city.

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March 11, 2015   Comments Off

Weekend farming in Bengaluru, India


According to Section 79A of Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961, you can purchase land for agricultural purposes only if (a) you are an agricultural worker by profession.

By Divya Shekhar
Economic Times of India
Feb 27, 2015


Bengaluru: S Laxminarayan, 39, is a software engineer whose penchant for nature and urban farming goes beyond the terrace, kitchen or backyard gardening. Along with 10 friends, he has purchased around 10 acres of land near Malavalli, some 90 km from the city, where he farms every weekend, along with family. Laxminarayan and his gang represent a new breed of professionals in Bengaluru who turn farmers on weekends, working their way out of numerous legal tangles to practise community farming.

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Karachi, Pakistan planner promotes urban agriculture

The once lush green spaces of areas such as Malir are being defiled as unplanned urban sprawl encroaches upon their domain. Photo: Muhammad Javaid/Express

Karachi’s green spaces are dwindling at an alarming rate. With zoning violations a common practice, parks are being converted into built land. Even trees and plantations acting as green belts on road medians are giving way to advertising panels.

By Farhan Anwar
The Express Tribune
March 1, 201


Karachi’s green spaces are dwindling at an alarming rate. With zoning violations a common practice, parks are being converted into built land. Even trees and plantations acting as green belts on road medians are giving way to advertising panels.

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Nine-city assessment of Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) in Africa and Asia.


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Kampala, Uganda
Dakar, Senegal
Ibadan, Nigeria
Tamale, Ghana,
Chennai, India
Kathmandu, Nepal
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Enhancing scientific capacity to inspire informed action on global environmental change

Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) faces significant pressures from rapid urban expansion and related stresses. START and UNEP recently partnered with several organizations to undertake a nine-city assessment of UPA in Africa and Asia. The assessments examined key environmental and governance dimensions of UPA to advance understanding of how increasing urban pressures on land and water resources, and intensifying climate risks, are undermining the resilience of UPA in the face of rapid urban development.

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February 22, 2015   Comments Off

‘City Seeds’ documentary – Urban Farming in Nepal and Uganda

City Seeds from Kyle Robinson on Vimeo.

Excellent 25 minute documentary!

Film by Kyle Robinson
Sustainable Seas Trust
Funding from START, European Commission, UN Environment Program, US Agency for International Development
(Must see! Mike)

A film about urban and peri-urban agriculture in cities across the world.

This film investigates the use of urban and peri-urban agriculture in developing cities in Africa and Asia, such as Kathmandu in Nepal, and Kampala in Uganda. The film assesses its value to a country’s economy and combating environmental threats such as climate change, as well as addressing the challenges involved in nurturing and sustaining effective urban and peri-urban agriculture.

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Hong Kong’s goat keepers ready to help the city ring in the year of the goat

Allan Shek has more than 100 goats on his farm near Mai Po, which opened to the public last week. Photo by Edward Wong, Nora Tam.

The farm is collaborating with a mall in Tsing Yi to give shoppers the chance to get close to the goats at his organic farm.

By Elaine Yau
South China Morning Post
Feb 16, 2015


The year of the goat promises to usher in a busy time for Hong Kong’s goat keepers. Allan Shek Kwok-keung is counting on it. Last week, the Yuen Long native opened his Little Goat Lemon Garden to the public, and he hopes to receive a stream of visitors as the Lunar New Year brings greater interest in the animal.

Occupying a 40,000 sq ft site near Mai Po, the leisure centre includes a big fish pond, the citrus trees that it is named after and, of course, a herd of goats.

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February 16, 2015   Comments Off

Update 23 – Resource Centre /Urban Agriculture/Food Security (RUAF)


RUAF Update 23 – Feb 2015


Ongoing activities
• GROW the City Cafés in the Netherlands
• UA Enterprise development in India
• Promoting market oriented urban agriculture in Gaza
• Urban food mapping and WASH in Burkina Faso and Ghana
• WASH progress in Nepal and Bangladesh and the World Water Day

New projects
• Urban Green Education for Enterprising Agricultural Innovation
• Support to the City of Milan and other cities in urban food planning
• Developing tools for mapping and assessing sustainable city region food systems
• Supporting enterprises for urban waste recycling for food production

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Lahore, Pakistan evicts buffaloes, cows and other cattle from urban union councils


They make a plan to make Lahore a cattle-free city, raid barns and farms and net the cattle. As soon as the drive is over, the cattle again return to their places.

By Khalid Hasnain
Feb 3, 2015


Under the policy, cattle eviction campaigns are to be launched by the town municipal administrations with the district livestock wing or the officials/departments concerned of the CDGL. At present, the nine town administrations seem not bothered by the presence of cattle.

Famous social activist Prof Ajaz Anwar sees cattle an integral part of nature’s ecosystem, saying their only place is countryside.

“Metropolitan cities all around the world discourage keeping cattle in homes or sheds,” he told Dawn. “Here, it’s a matter of ill-planning. If they’ve banned cattle in urban UCs, the officials should have implemented it well.”

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Ho Chi Minh City encourages hi-tech urban agriculture development

Foreign companies learn about safe vegetable growing technology at HCMC Hi-Tech Agricultural Park (Photo: SGGP)

Mr. Liem said that because of limited farming land area, HCMC would focus on improving the quality of dairy cow herds

Saigon Ciai Phong
By Cong Phien – Translated by Hai Mien
Feb 3, 2015

Ho Chi Minh City encourages hi-tech applied farming of plants and animals suitable with urban agriculture such as dairy cows, ornamental plants, safe vegetables and seedling, said Deputy Chairman of the city People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem.

At a conference hosted recently to review the city’s agriculture last year, Mr. Liem said that because of limited farming land area, HCMC would focus on improving the quality of dairy cow herds in stead of quantity which has touched 100,000 cows so far.

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Farming for fun could revive Hong Kong’s country park enclaves

Farmer James Lam Chi-lap (left) teaches Javas Lo Ho-yin how to do some gardening at the farming collective Sangwoodgoon, Tse Uk Tsuen, Kam Sheung Road, Yuen Long. Photo: Dickson Lee

Farming for fun and new guest houses could offer a green solution for controversial sites that lie within country parks but are not part of them

By Olga Wong and Ernest Kao
South China Morning Post
21 January, 2015

Country park enclaves could become home to leisure farming and guest-house developments, with pilot schemes to be carried out in two areas soon, the head of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said.

The idea emerged after talks between department director Alan Wong Chi-kong and rural representative body the Heung Yee Kuk on the city’s new agricultural policy yesterday. The policy includes promoting leisure farming – which typically involves small-scale farms that produce little but give people a chance to experience farming life.

The idea could help solve the dilemma of the enclaves – scores of village sites within park boundaries that are not part of the parks. Development has been frozen while the government considers zoning plans for the enclaves. The matter sparked conflict between conservationists, who want the areas protected, and landowners, who fear losing development rights.

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Urban farming could improve food security but also increases the competition between urban and rural water needs.


Feeding the cities with food and water is changing the Indian agricultural landscape.

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti
January 20, 2015


South and East Asia comprise 49 percent of urban irrigated croplands and 56 percent of the non-urban irrigated areas globally. These two regions account for 26 percent of urban rain-fed croplands and 22 percent of non-urban rain-fed croplands.

Drechsel says, “The study documents that 70 percent of households in developing countries are engaged in some kind of farming and food production and challenges the notion that food production, far from being a rural phenomenon, is commonly occurring within cities.”

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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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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   Comments Off

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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