Category — Asia
South Korea has an overwhelmingly urban population. More than 80 percent of people live in cities. But in the past few years, something has started to change.
By Ari Shapiro
Aug 03, 2015
He says 45,000 households have relocated to the countryside in the past year alone, and the numbers are increasing dramatically. He believes this reflects an imbalance in South Korean society
“You don’t see this trend as much in other parts of the world,” he says. “You don’t see it in Europe or Japan.”
In Korean, the trend of moving to the countryside is called guinong.
August 11, 2015 Comments Off on Tired of the Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Urban Koreans Flock To Rural Farming
A project to address malnutrition, particularly among children, by establishing comprehensive school vegetable garden programs in selected countries in Africa and in Asia.
Excerpt from their website:
School gardens are gaining prominence due to the promotion of balanced diets, nutrition education, and the development of livelihood skills (FAO, 2010). However, school gardens are not a new concept. In 1957, FAO and UNICEF started the so-called Applied Nutrition Programs aimed at improving nutrition through school and community gardens, which were sometimes combined with small livestock production and fish ponds (FAO, 1966). Drescher (2002) gives an overview of school garden programmes in developing countries and describes success stories as well as failures.
August 10, 2015 Comments Off on Vegetables Go to School – a nine-year, three-phase initiative
In areas around big cities like Beijing, farms are also offering leisure and tourism activities.
By Lili Sams
August 1, 2015
In 2014, Chinese farms had more than 1.2 billion visitors, according to the China Tourism Association. That’s up from more than 900 million visitors in 2013, which generated $4.7 billion in revenue. To put the popularity of farm tourism in perspective, that accounts for about a third of all holidays in the country.
Farms offer residents of China’s biggest metropolises a refreshing break from urban life, while giving rural populations the chance to earn a decent living.
August 9, 2015 Comments Off on Tourism-focused farms give Chinese city dwellers a break from urban life
Photo shows Sofia Reyes posing with a fruiting chico in a rubberized container. Other fruit trees that can be grown in containers are guava, imported makopa, mango, Perante orange, pomelos and many others.
The event aims to provide an opportunity for the urban communities to see for themselves the possibilities of producing food right in the limited spaces in the urban setting.
By Zac Sarian
July 29, 2015
The event aims to provide an opportunity for the urban communities to see for themselves the possibilities of producing food right in the limited spaces in the urban setting. It also provides an opportunity for the producers to sell their produce at very reasonable prices.
Creative ways of urban farming and gardening will be showcased during the event through the exhibits of products and services of the participating companies and individuals.
August 5, 2015 Comments Off on Philippines: Manila’s 2nd Urban Agri trade show set September 5-6
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)
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.
July 26, 2015 Comments Off on Urban rooftop farms take root above Hong Kong
“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.
July 23, 2015 Comments Off on Greater Jakarta: City develops urban farming in subdistricts – in 66 location
“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
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.
July 7, 2015 Comments Off on Living costs too high? Try growing your own food, minister urges Malaysians
Researchers can also learn more about a city’s air quality by examining the number of bees in the city.
June 17, 2015
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.
June 25, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Bee Farming Becoming Popular in Seoul
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
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.
June 17, 2015 Comments Off on Singapore Experts Visit Rooftop Garden in New York
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
8 Jun 2015
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.
June 15, 2015 Comments Off on Bangkok: A huge allotment on top of new mall Siam Square
June 5, 2015
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
By Elizabeth Weise,
June 5, 2015
“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.
June 13, 2015 Comments Off on Crops in a concrete jungle: Singapore’s rooftop farms
FAO Examples in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean Regions
By Ms Isabel Denis
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
11 May 2015
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.
June 13, 2015 Comments Off on FAO: Urban and peri-urban agriculture: the way forward for a zero hunger world
Farming is the up-and-coming trend on Korea’s variety shows
By Lee Hoo-Nam
Korea JoonAng Daily
June 4, 2015
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.
June 11, 2015 Comments Off on Korean TV Show ‘The Human Condition’ subtitled “City Farmer”
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
Apr 27, 2015
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.
May 30, 2015 Comments Off on The Real Seeds of Change Are Being Planted by Offenders in Balinese Prisons