Category — Asia
Official China news agency features ‘urban agriculture’ photo in US-China pledge to promote agricultural cooperation
Lead photo caption: AeroFarms is a mission-driven company setting a new standard for controlled urban agriculture to address the global food crisis by building and operating indoor farms in cities. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) — Officials from China and United States on Tuesday hailed the two countries’ agriculture cooperation and pledged to strengthen the partnership.
Agriculture is one of the earliest, most productive and potential areas for Sino-U.S. cooperation, said Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang at the China-U.S. Agriculture and Food Seminar held during the 27th Session of the China-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT).
“In the past 15 years since China joined the World Trade Organization, bilateral agricultural trade volume witnessed an average annual growth of 17 percent, reaching 32.1 billion US dollars last year,” said Wang.
The agricultural cooperation between China and the United States has made fruitful achievements in trade and investment, technology exchange and personnel training, and has made important contributions to the development of Sino-U.S. relationship, he said.
November 23, 2016 Comments Off on Official China news agency features ‘urban agriculture’ photo in US-China pledge to promote agricultural cooperation
Singapore: Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Trade and Industry Opens New Community Garden
Applicants ballot for the 90 plots available, for $50 a year. All have been taken up.
By Lin Yangchen
Nov 13, 2016
The 50m by 44m garden near Toh Tuck Road was started by the Eng Kong and Cheng Soon Neighbourhood Committee at a cost of $22,500 and paid for by contributions from residents.
The garden was officially opened yesterday by Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Trade and Industry. It is the latest addition to nearly 1,000 community gardens in Singapore.
November 21, 2016 Comments Off on Singapore: Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Trade and Industry Opens New Community Garden
The group and Edible Garden City essentially distil the essence of these plants, then work with a Singapore-based laboratory to create the products over a six-to-nine-month period.
Malay Mail Online
Nov 11, 2016
Well, this is is already happening with Spa Esprit Group’s new venture. Called Farm To Beauty, the brand launched two products last week — A Cool Aloe Cooling Gel and Om, Calendula! Calming Cream — with its main ingredients harvested from the rooftop of Raffles City.
Farm to Beauty actually took root (literally) when Spa Esprit Group’s chief executive Cynthia Chua met Edible Garden City’s founder Bjorn Low, and was amazed to find that urban farming is possible in Singapore.
November 17, 2016 Comments Off on Singapore: Two Beauty Products Made from Ingredients Harvested from the Rooftop of Raffles City
“Terraces home serves as a constant reminder of the origin of paddy rice civilization in a flat world context, threatened by various types of pollution currently at an alarming level.”
Nov 6, 2016
In Vietnam, H&P architects has completed a large residence featuring accessible platforms that integrate urban farming as a basis for sustainable development. located in the city of ha tinh, ‘terraces home’ seeks to combine architecture with agriculture, forming a new typology that the architects refer to as ‘agritecture’. influenced by the country’s terraced rice fields, the property intends to dissolve boundaries between internal and external living.
November 8, 2016 Comments Off on Vietnam Home Features Accessible Platforms That Integrate Urban Farming
Are Bangkok’s fledgling urban rooftop farms a hidden goldmine for hotels and hospitality businesses? Meet the hoteliers and entrepreneurs proving that environment-focused partnerships are the best marketing tool a business can have.
By Claire Knox
October 28, 2016
At 8am, Bangkok’s Siam Square is heaving. Traffic slows to a crawl, commuters squeeze into the skytrain and the sweet, smoky smell of grilled street food wafts from the downtown district’s labyrinthine sois. But on the Novotel Bangkok’s sun-bleached rooftop, 20 floors up from the heady streets below, the still, almost serene atmosphere could not be any different. Most mornings here, a passionate group of hoteliers, microbiologists and engineers arrive to harvest one of the planet’s oldest life forms, an algae called spirulina that some are hailing the ‘kale or spinach of the future’. According to the hotel’s general manager Manuel Reymondin, the Novotel’s rooftop spirulina farm – conceptualised, set up and run by a small Thai startup called EnerGaia – is also showing that when it comes to marketing, partnering with sustainably minded entrepreneurs can be the best publicity manoeuvre of them all.
November 5, 2016 Comments Off on Harvesting the food of the future, spirulina, on a Bangkok rooftop
Nakorn “Prince” Limpacuptathavon, 33, is the poster boy for sustainable farming in the city. He started growing chemical-free vegetables on a piece of land next to his own house eight years ago.
By Pornchai Sereemongkonpol
Oct 21, 2016
As his enthusiasm for all things green grew, he began hosting activities at his learning centre, Ban Jaochai Phak, or Veggie Prince’s House, in Lat Prao Soi 71 and now talks at various events to spread his organic farming know-how. Guru chatted with Prince about how urban farming can benefit city life, in case you may want to get out your shovels and garden forks.
October 29, 2016 Comments Off on Thailand’s Veggie Prince
A panel discussion chaired by Jayant Kumar Banthia, former State Chief Secretary and chancellor, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), presented several ideas to incorporate urban farming into the city’s plans
By Diipti Jhangiani
Oct 9, 2016
During the launch, Dr. Parasnis presented the carbon baseline survey of Navi Mumbai. She also shared vital statistics on the high pesticide and heavy metal content in commercially-grown fruits and vegetables. She shared the results of a survey by the University of Baroda, showing how commercially-grown fruits and vegetables contain pesticides like Aldrin, Chlordane, Dichlorvos much beyond the when permissible levels were 0.1 mg/kg.
October 14, 2016 Comments Off on Urban Farming Forum Held in Mumbai
Update on RUAF projects:
• Encouraging pioneering business initiatives
• Value chain development for a local market in Gaza
• City region food systems and food waste reduction
• Accelerating sustainable WASH
• City region food systems training
• Assessing city region food systems and monitoring the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact implementation
• CityFoodTools fieldwork in 7 city-regions around the world
October 12, 2016 Comments Off on Update October 2016 – Resource Centre for Urban Agriculture & Forestry
To generate extra income, the excess of what the informal settlers’ families could consume will be linked up with socially-committed stores like Rustan’s to help market the vegetables.
By Ace June Rell S. Perez
Sun Star Davao
Oct 2, 2016
“My attention was caught when I saw a squatter’s shanty standing on a vacant space in the sidewalk in Mandaluyong where beside it was a small garden planted with pechay, ampalaya and luyang dilaw, among other things,” he said, adding that this prompted him to meet with the officials of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), formerly the Bureau of Agricultural Extension (BAEx) and instructed them to conduct a survey of “how much vacant spaces are there in the different parts of the big cities.”
Piñol told the ATI and BPI that their technicians can teach these informal settlers, through a simple training on how to plant vegetables “in every available space, with the permission of the city governments.”
October 9, 2016 Comments Off on “Garden in the Sidewalk” Program begins in the Philippines
Edible Garden City co-founder Bjorn Low was inspired to lead a simple life after working on organic farms in Europe
By Venessa Lee
Oct 3, 2016
Mr Low and his team have built similar gardens on the rooftops of buildings such as Wheelock Place and Raffles City, as well as in schools such as Pathlight, which teaches high-functioning autistic children, and Montfort Secondary.
From its early days with five staff, Edible Garden City has 12 today. And last year, it generated $700,000 in revenue, with a net profit of $100,000.
October 7, 2016 Comments Off on Singapore’s Bjorn Low: Urban farming gave life goal to co-founder of Edible Garden City
Resort partnered with Bangsai Agricultural Centre to offer its guests a locally grown, certified organic, freshly harvested selection of Western and Asian herbs, vegetables and salads in the hotel’s 2,800 square-meter rooftop Hydroponic Farm.
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Hydroponic Farming Design: Makavan Horsuwan and Chauphan Horsuwan, Bangsai Agricultural Centre
(Must see. Mike)
Perched on the third floor overlooking the Chao Phraya River, the hydroponic rooftop farm partnership was sealed out of the passion both the Anantara Riverside and the Bangsai Agriculture Centre have in common, the commitment to providing fresh, healthy and non-toxic products to today’s demanding lifestyle as well as to educate and improve the local community’s competency and knowledge on the benefits of locally produced vegetables.
September 28, 2016 Comments Off on Bangkok’s Resort Rooftop Hydroponic Farm
By Nada Bonaso
September 11, 2016
September 17, 2016 Comments Off on Japan: Capturing the end of summer, city farming in Setagaya, Tokyo
Will feature a 4,000 sq ft urban farm
Sept 7, 2016
The mall will also feature a 4,000 sq ft urban farm, where the public can learn more about the origins of their food and “adopt a plot” to grow their own products. Coupled with the 12,000 sq ft food garden, Funan will have the largest area set aside for urban agriculture in the Central Business District (CBD).
September 11, 2016 Comments Off on Singapore: Revamped mall to have urban farm, swimming pool, high-tech food court
Growing food plants in the urban setting can be undertaken as a personal hobby to grow plants for home consumption or it can also be undertaken as an honest-to-goodness money-making project
By Zac Sarian
September 4, 2016
Fresh vegetables and fruits as well as processed products will be available for sale to the visitors. Other items will include grow bags, growing media, seeds, ready-to-plant seedlings, planting materials of exotic fruit trees, organic fertilizers, garden tools, and many others.
September 10, 2016 Comments Off on Philippines: Manila’s Urban Agri Trade Fair showcases products and services for urban farming
Harvesting your own dinner is a great way for city slickers to escape the rat race
By Julian Ryall
1 Sept 2016
The huge daikon radish comes out of the dark soil a lot more easily than the fledgling farmer anticipated and the momentum swiftly deposits him on his bottom. But it’s still a victory for this three-year-old city boy getting his first taste of Japan’s countryside and he grins from ear to ear as he grips his prize tightly.
September 8, 2016 Comments Off on Connect with nature at a farming homestay in rural Japan