Category — Asia
Dhaka roof farmer with his goats. “Dr.M.H.Rahman: I served the Dhaka community through my Veterinary Hospital. The Hospital is still open in my absence. I encouraged people to rear goats, pigeons, ducks and even Japanese quail on their roof-tops since these items have a big market value as there is a consumer preference for micro-livestock. The animal manure is also a source of fertilizer for pot nurseries in Dhaka where this has been the practice for some time.”
Roof-top farming in Dhaka city, where crops include goat, spinach, jute, lemon, guava and many other vegetables that are grown throughout the year.
By Dr.Mohemmed Habibur Rahman, Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
At present: School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Consumer Science, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. P.O.Box: LG 586, Legon
All photos by Dr.Mohemmed Habibur Rahman.
The Case for Building-Integrated Food chain in the inner city
Beyond energy cost, there are additional vulnerabilities in our conventional food-production system. Political crisis like hartal, natural calamities like too much rain, little rain and even flood in the north disrupts communication and in the long-term, reduction of flows water from the upstream will cause water shortages in Bangladesh and its primary vegetable-producing regions. These vulnerabilities are reviving interest in growing food locally (using available resources by the innovative Bangladeshis – once the bottomless basket), and even on the roof tops.
October 21, 2013 Comments Off
Tentative Program – 17 October 2013
Speakers and Topics:
Spearheading Urban Agriculture in Malaysia
Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Fauzi Ramlan, Vice Chancellor, UPM
[Chairman: Prof Dr. Ghizan Saleh, National Professors Council]
Current Issues and Challenges in the Region on Urban
Agriculture towards Resilient Food Systems
Ms. Shashi Sareen
Senior Food Safety and Nutrition Officer
FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Thailand, Bangkok
Sustainable Development of Urban Farming in Malaysia
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yahya Awang
Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, UPM
October 9, 2013 Comments Off
To spread urban farming in Pakistan
By Farhan Anwar
The Express Tribune, Pakistan
October 7, 2013
One such initiative has been undertaken in Karachi by the husband and wife team of Yasir Husain and Zahra Ali. They have called it ‘Crops in Pots’, which Zahra Ali started as a blog in 2008. It has grown into a community of 1,500 members who exchange inspiration, ideas and knowledge about organic urban farming. The basic idea is to connect urban organic gardeners and farmers with the general public and to start a conversation about the importance of heirloom seeds and organic farming in cities and also create green spaces from where people can get free food and fight food insecurity.
October 7, 2013 Comments Off
By Jin, Jang · Choong-Hyeon, Oh
Dongguk University Ecosystem Service Institute
The city of Seoul has been promoting School gardening – cooperating with both Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education(since 2012) and the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation(since 2013)
This effort was carried out based on a plan to support and develop the Urban Agriculture Act (The Duty of State and Local Government) and The Seoul Plan for Agriculture and School Gardening.
September 29, 2013 Comments Off
The empty space on top of Bangkok’s many skyscrapers provide suitable growing conditions for spirulina as the constant high temperatures and sunlight are ideal breeding conditions.
By William Davies
Aug 27, 2013
On a hotel rooftop in Bangkok, dozens of barrels of green liquid bubble under the sun—the latest innovation in urban farming.
Proponents of the edible algae known as spirulina say it could help provide a sustainable source of protein as an alternative to meat.
Three times a week, Patsakorn Thaveeuchukorn harvests the green algae in the barrels.
August 31, 2013 Comments Off
Urban Agriculture Becomes a Powerful Solution for Climate Change and Social Problems in Seoul, Korea
Mayor of Seoul, Wonsoon Park, announced “The Year of Urban Agriculture in Seoul” in 2012. He performed rice planting on the Gwanghwamun plaza and asked officials to keep honey-bees on the rooftop of City Hall.
From the booklet Agro-City Seoul
The Present and Future of urban agriculture
34th ACGA Annual Conference, Seattle, WA
We have a very long history of urban agriculture in Seoul. There were already a lot of kitchen gardens in Seoul during the Chosun Dynasty (1394-1910). Even though the city of Seoul with a population of 10 million has lost its rice fields and traditional cooperative culture rapidly in the past 40 years, the city still has 828ha of agricultural land and 11,768 professional farmers.
In 1990, Daewon Farm was born as the 1st weekend garden for citizens in Seoul. The weekend garden, a typical urban agriculture system in Korea, increased to 150 or more.
August 17, 2013 Comments Off
A group of nutritional experts say the trend could be harnessed to improve access to food for Thailand’s growing numbers of urban poor.
By Flora Bagenal
Christian Science Monitor
August 10, 2013
Dr. Holmer was one of several authors of a new study carried out by Bangkok’s Kasetsart University and the University of Freiburg in Germany, which set out to assess Bangkok’s suitability for producing more fresh produce inside the city limits. In the year 2000, Bangkok’s population was 6.3 million, roughly 10 percent of the total population of Thailand. Today it’s ballooned to more than 9 million in the capital, 15 million with the surrounding suburbs.
Thailand’s capital has just 3 sq. meters of green space per resident – one of the lowest ratios in Asia. Despite the lack of open space, researchers found a surprising number of low-income families growing vegetables, herbs, and spices unofficially in parks, in building lots, and on windowsills around the city.
August 12, 2013 Comments Off
Farmers, of course, don’t want to throw things away so by selling leftovers like this they can earn a bit of extra cash
By Cory Doctorow
Aug 7, 2013
In Japan, farmers sell their blemished, surplus and otherwise unmarketable vegetables in unstaffed, honor-system roadside stalls called “Unmanned stores” (“mujin hanbai”). Produce is set out in trays with an anchored cashbox and a note inviting passers-by to take what they please and leave payment in the box. Farmers sometimes add recipes and other serving suggestions.
August 11, 2013 Comments Off
Proceedings: Regional Workshop on Strengthening Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture towards Resilient Food Systems in Asia
50 participants from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and S. Korea – held January 2013 in Bangkok.
Regional Workshop on Strengthening Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture towards Resilient Food Systems in Asia was held on January 28-30, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop was attended by more than 50 participants from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and S. Korea. The workshop provided a forum to share experiences, debate issues and come out with key recommendations. The workshop covered inaugural addresses, keynote presentations, country presentations, case studies, reviews and prospects as well as working group sessions.
The report of the workshop has been published in two volumes. The Volume I covers the inaugural addresses, the keynote addresses, country presentations, working group sessions and the recommendations. Volume II covers case studies, reviews and prospects, best practices and field visits.
August 9, 2013 Comments Off
Welcome neighbours including Singapore and Thailand
Tarikh: 17 October 2013
Tempat: Palm Garden Hotel, IOI Resort, Putrajaya
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zainal Abidin Mior Ahmad
Head, Department of Plant Protection,Faculty of Agriculture,UPM
and Chairman,National Symposium on Urban Agriculture
The cost of food import in Malaysia has seen an overwhelming increase to RM14 billion in 2011 as compared to only RM1 billion in 1990. Simultaneously, Malaysian population grew steadily from 13.7 million in 1980 to 29.3 million in 2012. With current high urbanization rate of 72% in Malaysia, urban agriculture is deemed to become a priority in the near future.
August 2, 2013 Comments Off
Video Journalists: Kenji Hall, Richard Grehan, Elaisha Stokes, Aleksander Solum
Editor: Henry Albert
Executive Producer, Broadcast: Gillian Dobias
The ancient practice of agriculture meets modern city as we explore groundbreaking farms in Japan, the US and Norway. Monocle Films visits the people bringing green growth to their thriving metropolises.
July 22, 2013 Comments Off
One of the “Secret Gardens of Earthly Delights”
By Carolyn Hong
July 1, 2013
Walking along the traffic-clogged Pengkalan Weld in George Town on Penang island, you’d never imagine that a quirky urban garden is hidden inside a grim abandoned house with only its shell left.
“Hello”, a speech bubble pinned to a wooden post calls out to passers-by. A garden of edible plants and herbs with useful notes, arranged as the house of Ah Soh, has been created out of a patch formerly filled with trash.
July 9, 2013 Comments Off
Urban agriculture plays a number of environmental, social and economic functions, which still have to be recognised by the urban authorities.
By Paule Moustier
CIRAD, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement, Montpellier, France
2007, Acta Horticulturae, nr 762:145-158
Peri-urban agriculture is still the subject of intense debate as regards its viability, its efficiency in urban food supply relative to rural production, and the rationale for the state to protect it from urban development. The paper investigates the role of urban horticulture in the supply of African and Asian cities and the importance of maintaining proximity between farmers and consumers of vegetables. It draws on insights of spatial economics as regards physical proximity and institutional economics as regards relational proximity. It is based on market surveys in various cities of Africa and South-East Asia, especially on the origin of food products, and the relationships between buyers and purchasers.
June 28, 2013 Comments Off
Proposal: Growing City – A Documentary
By Nick Sugihara
Kickstarter web site
Growing City is a short documentary built from two of my great loves: growing food and Tokyo. There are a lot of problems facing modern agriculture both in Japan and across the world, and urban farming presents an interesting solution to some of the worst ones. What I’m looking for in this project is what exactly that solution might look like.
June 26, 2013 Comments Off
Singapore’s skyline is not just a point of pride for residents, it can also be a source of fresh produce. As part of the NewsHour’s series “Food for 9 Billion,” special correspondent Sam Eaton reports on Singapore’s vertical solution to the challenge of feeding a growing population in an urban environment.
“Sky Greens” – Singapore’s vertical farm
By Sam Eaton
June 12, 2013
Fifty-year-old entrepreneur Jack Ng, an engineer by training, is the farm’s owner and designer.
Translucent structures nearly four stories tall line the property. On the inside, automated towers of vegetables rotate like ferris wheels in slow motion between a nutrient-infused bath below and the sun above. Ng says each tower is powered by a gravity-fed water wheel. It’s an ancient technology with a modern twist.
Ng says one of the biggest benefits of this closed loop hydraulic system is how little energy it consumes.
June 21, 2013 Comments Off