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India: Leafy towns can firefight urban heat – Urban farming boosts nutritional security

Pandals are special framed structures used for vegetables with twine like stems. The weak climbers utilize this support, which protects the produce from soiling and increases exposure to sunlight and aeration.

Urban as well as periurban agriculture can help achieve nutritional security, even as one agrees that food security needs to come from villages.

Dr M S Swaminathan
Deccan Chronicle
Apr 8, 2018
The author is Father of Indian Green Revolution. He is recipient of the first World Food Prize, in 1987.


It is time we graduated from food security to nutritional security. Fruits and vegetables can be grown by individuals to supplement nutritional needs. There is something known as hidden hunger. You might be getting enough food, but the nutrients that your body needs might be absent from your food. Your food might not have sufficient iron, protein or zinc content. This is where rooftop and homestead kitchen gardens can be useful.

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April 13, 2018   No Comments

Gröna oaser på storstadens tak

Till vänster: En demonstrationstakträdgård hos ett företag som specialiserar sig på biologisk bekämpning. Foto: Jenny Wikström | Till höger: Dr. B. N. Viswanath. Foto: Karl-Johan Fabó

Green oases on the big city roof

By Lindatengvall
4 April, 2018
(In Swedish – translate here.)


Runt om i världen motverkas storstäders växande problem med föroreningar av engagerade personer som tar saken i egna händer. Grå stadstak förvandlas till gröna oaser som genererar både närodlad ekologisk mat och renare luft. Trädgårdsmästaren Karl-Johan Fabó gav sig iväg för att leta reda på konstruktiva exempel. I en serie i tre delar får vi följa med honom till Indien och träffa några av de eldsjälar som ser odlingsmöjligheter även i de mest urbana stadsmiljöerna. I del 1 besöker vi staden Bangalore.

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India: Delhi and urban farming: The city needs its farmlands and its farmers need help

A farmer carries sugarcane to load on a tractor to sell it at a nearby sugar mill in Modinagar in Ghaziabad, some 45km east of New Delhi. (AFP file photo )

According to the Economic Survey of Delhi released last week, the city was losing its cropped area at 2.28% annually.

By Shivani Singh
New Delhi, Hindustan Times
Mar 26, 2018


For a city that was for long scorned as an overgrown village, it is surprising how fast Delhi is losing its rural character.

Between 2001 and 2011, Delhi’s rural population has more than halved from 9.45 lakh to 4.20 lakh.

Rapid urbanisation — at 97.5%, the national capital is already the most urbanised city in India — has drastically shrunk the rural living space too. Between 1961 and 2011, the number of Delhi’s rural villages fell from 276 to 112.

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March 31, 2018   Comments Off on India: Delhi and urban farming: The city needs its farmlands and its farmers need help

India: Profits mushroom for this urban farmer

Her quest now is to set up an unique hotel that is dedicated to mushroom dishes in her husband’s home town of Kushalanagar in Kodagu district.

Now I grow 50 to 60 kg of oyster mushrooms a month without engaging labour, and earn a profit of about ?30,000,” she says proudly.

By B. S. Kamar
The Hindu
Mar 16, 2018


A small house can turn into an urban farm, yielding a tidy income. That is what it did for 40-year-old Kamala, who gave up her job as a garment worker in Bengaluru and turned her house in a 1,200 sq. ft. plot into a mushroom farm.

Two decades of back-breaking work in different garment factories in the city convinced the woman, who has a pre-university education, that it was time to try something less strenuous. “The continuous hard work does not even give you enough time to visit the washroom. It started making me feel as though I was in jail,” she recalls.

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India: Terrace garden to farming: Urban dwellers show the organic way

Their owners– mostly professionals from Gurgaon– are toiling in the field they have taken on lease for community organic farming. Some are weeding, some sowing seeds, and others are plucking vegetables(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

An increasing number of professionals in Delhi and NCR are now renting agricultural land for organic farming.

By Manoj Sharma
Hindustan Times
Feb 17, 2018


Urban farming, says Prof. Anirudh Garg of Institute of Urban Farming and Sustainability, is likely to take the form of a social movement in the coming years. “It is the need of our expanding cities. I firmly believe Indian cities can grow their own vegetables.

Gurgaon’s Green Leaf India community was born when the district horticulture officer, Deen Mohammad Khan, was invited to speak on terrace gardening in a residents’ conclave. “Many in the audience said they had no terraces, and the balconies were too small to grow anything and asked if we could help them lease farmland near Gurgaon. I said I could try,” says Khan.

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India: Rooftop gardening for greener cities

Shykh Seraj with Sheikh Al Ahmad Nahid at the latter’s rooftop garden in Chittagong. PHOTO: Hridoye Mati O Manush.

Those who are building a new home can take advice from experts to make the roof suitable for small-scale agriculture.

By Shykh Seraj
The Daily Star
Feb 14, 2018


I have seen that retired government and private service holders, businessmen and industrialists have made their leisure time productive by getting involved in rooftop agriculture. It gives them peace, they say. Even a section of people who don’t have their own house or roof, convince their house owner and do gardening in one side of the roof or even in balcony. It also provides nutrition for the family. Besides cultivating fruits and vegetables and raising chickens, pigeons, turkeys etc, some are cultivating fish in drums set on roofs. This might sound strange, even goats, sheep and cows are being raised on rooftops.

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India: IT professionals working in Hi-Tech city learn about farming

IT professionals at the land they purchased at Naskal village, 13 km. from Vikarabad.

The concept was given the name ‘urban farming’ as educated urban youth were involved in an activity that had to do with rural areas.

By N. Rahul
Jan 21, 2018


About 30 permanent members of the group and two promoters who were themselves ex-IT employees have pooled their money and purchased 50 acres of land in two locations where the activity has been going on since September last. Farming is done here by drip irrigation from bore wells to cultivate fig (anjeer) and thai guava, both of which have a crop duration of 15 years each but start yielding income from the second year. There is also inter-cropping of seasonal vegetables to enhance the hands on experience of the participants.

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India: Urban agriculture is one of the major components of “Livable Cities India” project

Urban agriculture program, is now included in “Samrudhi, General Education Protection Mission Project of Government of Kerala”, and is being implemented in 49 schools of Ollur assembly constituency, in one of the districts of the state.

World Urban Campaign
Evangelical Social Action Forum (ESAF)
Technical support of HealthBridge, Canada.


Promoting Herbal Garden in Schools

The schools in the assembly constituency started implementing Herbal gardens within their school complexes, to popularize the usefulness of commonly available and frequently used herbal plants and to conserve the associated traditional knowledge for future generations.

I Walk Club students are entrusted with the maintenance and supervision of Herbal gardens in the respective schools. So far, 13 out of 49 schools have already implemented herbal gardens in their respective school yard, which involves approximately 413 students.

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India: Seminar on promoting spice farming in cities

Black Pepper Plant.

Farmers participating in the seminar will be provided with technologies for growing spices such as black pepper, ginger, turmeric, chilli, coriander, mint, curry leaf, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and garcinia on terraces/front yards

Staff reporter
The Hindu
Jan 4, 2018


The Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) is organising a two-day seminar on ‘Spices for urban horticulture’ to equip the urban/periurban population produce safe-to-eat spices.

The move assumes significance in the wake of reports on excessive pesticide residue in spices and condiments procured from the market.

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India: Startups reaping dividends in urban farms

The urban farming startup ecosystem could be worth $1billion in India in the next two to four years and will become essential due to environmental concerns

By Shashwati Shankar
Economic Times India
Jan 5, 2018


In the past three to four years, more than a dozen urban farming startups have been launched in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Jaipur and elsewhere. They provide services such as setting up rooftop and balcony farms for independent homes and companies to vertical farming options for those with more wall space than floor area.

“I began with conducting farming and gardening workshops but in the last one or two years we have seen interest significantly increase,” said Kapil Mandawewala, founder of Edible Routes. “I get about 30 orders a month, with a majority coming from independent homes and the rest from community centres, educational institutions or corporates.” Edible Routes was registered in 2016 but was operational in the urban farming space for three years prior to that. Mandawewala began experimenting with farming on family owned land in Gujarat in 2008.

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Northern India: Meet Gurgaon’s urban farmers

Shikha Gaur is a corporate event planner and prefers her self grown fresh vegetables and fruits over the market’s produce (BCCL/ Ajay Kumar Gautam)

These urban farmers say that over the months, their farms have become so productive that they are now reaping about 20kg of fruits and vegetables every week.

By Abhimanyu Mathur
Times of India
Dec 19, 2017


Dheeraj Garg is an IT professional and like many other professionals, despite a busy work life, he finds time to engage in a ‘hobby’ every weekend. Every Sunday, Dheeraj drives to Badshahpur on the outskirts of the city, where he – along with over a hundred other Gurugrammers – works as a farmer in his own farm, growing everything, from tomatoes and strawberries. Community organic farming is finding popularity among the working class of the Millennium City, who are not averse to getting their hands dirty in the mud and engage in farming. Currently, over 100 families from across the city are engaged in the practice on leased farms in Badshahpur in a project started by the District Horticulture Department and supported by a local NGO, Green Leaf Initiative.

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India: Kochi school auctions organic produce to encourage farming

The school auctions the produce from its terrace farm among teachers and reinvest the earning back into farming

Times of India
Dec 12, 2017


The project was initiated in August and the school has so far held five such auctions. School authorities suggest that the farm produce often gets auctioned entirely for around Rs 2,000 every alternate week.

“We had the space to undertake the terrace farming project. Once we proposed this idea, the school assured full support. Right now, we have around 200 grow bags on the terrace, where we farm vegetables such as okra, eggplant, tomatoes, bitter gourd and cauliflowers.

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India: Now, grow vegetables in your living room with this self-watering modular farm

“Our goal is to make families around the world self-reliant with respect to food and Altifarm is our first product. All our learning from multiple projects at my industrial design studio over the last eight years has been distilled into development of Altifarm,” shares Raj.

By Chhavi Tyagi
Economic Times
Dec 4, 2017


Ergonomically-designed, Altifarm comes across as a one-stop solution for all constraints related to urban farming – space, time, and erratic lifestyle. Consisting of 3 or 4 tiers (depending on your preference), Altifarm provides 1sqm of space to farm while utilising only as much of footprint as a chair does. The shelves are height-adjustable, giving you the freedom to choose a variety of saplings. The farm is designed with a wall hugging rear and is fitted with wheels to provide mobility.

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India: Woman sets example for locals by introducing terrace farming in Raipur

Video in native language.

The Times of India
Published on Nov 22, 2017

Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Nov 23 (ANI): A woman named Pushpa Sahu is setting an example with her unconventional way of farming on her home’s rooftop in Raipur. Pushpa has set up a unique method of farming by using waste from her house to grow fruits, vegetables and even medicinal plants. She has converted the rooftop into a mini farm and has also uses a technique to water the plants by recycled water. She started terrace farming five years ago and is also influencing people in the city to take up this unique initiative.

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India: Chennai mini urban-rural joint venture

Their first crop — the red diamonds, a native rice grain called poongar.

Till the 1960s Indian farmers had close to a 100,000 varieties of rice


The Valam collective is one of several mini urban-rural joint ventures cropping up across TN, which not only encourage organic farming and give city-dwellers a chance to explore their entrepreneurial side, but also help rural farmers who are in dire straits financially.

Since January, Gopinath Jayaraja and his coterie of city farmers have harvested three tonnes of this precious commodity. Incidentally, it has also made his idli-dosa batter taste spectacular.

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