Category — Asia
The sample of 100 interviewees mostly targeted underprivileged urban dwellers, since common difficulties rarely result in food insecurity for wealthier households.
By Gwenn Pulliat
Article – Journal of Urban Research
Issue 7 2015 Tales of the City
Gwenn Pulliat, Ph.D., is a geographer at the LAVUE Laboratory and a research and teaching assistant at Aix-Marseille University in France. Her current research focuses on food security issues in developing cities in Southeast Asia.
Based on a qualitative study of Hanoi underprivileged households’ livelihoods, this article addresses the role of urban and periurban agriculture in the food securitization process. It begins by showing that the spatial dynamics occurring in the emerging metropolis induce strong competition for the various uses of land. The urbanization process is based on a tremendous land-seizure policy, and officials seem to regard farmland as a land reserve instead of as a source of food.
November 23, 2015 No Comments
Attendees of the recent Agri-Kapihan at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City observe the quails that are being raised in a double deck module especially designed for raising quails in the urban areas.
One advantage of raising quails in the urban area is that it occupies very little space. The capital needed is also very modest and the gestation period is short. In 35 days after hatching, the birds will start to lay eggs.
by Zac Sarian
October 30, 2015
Only a modest capital is needed to start a quail raising project in the city. The cost of the cage, the birds (it could be ready-to-lay birds), feeds and miscellaneous expenses could amount to just P3,450. The amount can be recovered in just several months.
Usually the cost of producing a quail egg is about 80 centavos, according to Jeffrey. The market price ex-farm is P1.25 apiece. So there is a 45-centavo margin per egg.
November 5, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Quail Raising in Quezon City, Philippines
Architect Thomas Chung’s award-winning green growing space in Shenzhen was inspired by Hong Kong’s Central district rooftops
By Peta Tomlinson
South China Morning Post
Oct 13, 2015
The project’s design inspiration came partly from an emerging global trend whereby city dwellers are reconnecting with the hands-on experience of growing crops as a means of offering a more secure, accessible food supply.
“Besides pointing to an attitude and lifestyle change, it’s about experimenting with what can be done with hitherto untapped land resources, such as on rooftops, terraces and balconies, inside parks and under flyovers,” Chung said.
October 22, 2015 Comments Off on Rusted-out Shenzhen factory reborn as a thriving urban farm
Although local residents love rural life and do not want to move to the towns and cities, the population of villages is decreasing. It is easier to find jobs in urban areas where there is access to developed infrastructure (schools, hospitals, stores, etc.).
By Ksenia Isaeva
Russia and India Report
Diana Serebrennikova, a Russian photographer, lived for a while in the village of Vyezhyi Log, which is hidden in the taiga forest in Russia, and studied ordinary farm life.
People here live in one or two floored wooden or stoned houses. During summer they gather berries and mushrooms, prepare hay, and grow vegetables and fruit. The locals also work here or nearby as shop-keepers, teachers, doctors, builders. Young people go to the towns and cities to study, and many of them do not come back.
October 12, 2015 Comments Off on Farming in Russian villages
In 2014, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City had provided rooftop farming training to over 500 households.
By Thomas Bogaty
The Himalayan Times
September 23, 2015
The Kathmandu Metropolitan City is planning to provide rooftop and terrace farming training to 150 households in the capital in a bid to promote urban greenery.
The Kathmandu Metropolitan City said selected households of Bhimsenkola, Sinamangal, Buddhanagar, Kalanki, Teku and Dallu will be given orientation and training on growing vegetables, herbs, spices, flowers and fruits on rooftops and terraces.
October 1, 2015 Comments Off on Kathmandu, Nepal: Rooftop farming training to cover 150 households
We asked our community to share stories of farming projects in cities across the globe. From using old sacks in Nairobi to the garden of a Syrian mosque, here are a few ways our readers have been innovating
By Priti Bhosale, Green Souls project. We are a not-for-profit organisation addressing environmental, health and community concerns by practising and promoting sustainable urban farming. Largely active in and around Mumbai since 2012, our four community farms are volunteer-supported social projects at a children’s remand home, a boys’ shelter, a women’s shelter and a childcare centre for pediatric cancer patients. We strive to provide nutritious organic produce, nature therapy and life skills to those who need it the most in society, along with binding members of local communities irrespective of their age, status and backgrounds.
September 25, 2015 Comments Off on The Guardian – Urban farmers around the world – in pictures
Sen. Villar said during the launching that the Urban Farm School is offered free for groups or agencies who would like to undertake technology transfer in urban farming.
By Zac Sarian
September 16, 2015
The trainees include more than 40 members of low-income families who are beneficiaries of the 4Ps program of the government. The participants who are called “scholars” of the SM Foundation attend 12 weekly sessions in a period of three months. Conducting the training is a trainor of Harbest Agribusiness, the partner of SM Foundation in its “Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan” farmers’ training program.
September 24, 2015 Comments Off on Head of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food in Philippines opens Urban Farm School
Deputy Central Jakarta mayor Arifin said on Friday that he had enlisted 16,000 officials to help him lead the plan.
The Jakarta Post
August 29 2015
JAKARTA: The Central Jakarta administration plans to create kampung hijau (green neighborhoods) by planting vegetables in all subdistricts, in an attempt to maintain food security and revitalize the municipality.
Deputy Central Jakarta mayor Arifin said on Friday that he had enlisted 16,000 officials to help him lead the plan. “If each officials plants at least two chilli plants, we will have a crop of 32 tons of chilies in three months. That will go a long way to fulfilling daily needs,” Arifin said as quoted by wartakota.com.
He added that all planting tools and seeds had been provided by the administration, Bank Indonesia and a private party, so resident had only to plant and tend to the vegetables.
September 4, 2015 Comments Off on Indonesia – Greater Jakarta to promote urban farming
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