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What stops Indian cities from growing their own food?

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India’s 377-million urban population is expected to grow by another 300 million by 2050 and yet, agricultural land is rapidly shrinking in urban areas, leaving city dwellers increasingly reliant on rural farmers for meeting their sustenance requirements.

Navya P K
Citizen Matters
Aug 1, 2017

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Despite adverse conditions, some farmer groups have thrived. The Yamuna bank farmers, who are not legally acknowledged at all, have been farming and selling their produce in Delhi markets for generations. In Cuttack, slum residents do farming to produce food for themselves, and sell the surplus in local markets. In 2009 in Mumbai, a charitable Trust helped the residents of Ambedkar Nagar slum clean up a garbage dump near their homes and convert it into a community farm.

These, however, largely constitute individual and sporadic successes rather than a systematic, sustained development of urban agriculture. India’s governments have been largely ignoring the issues faced by urban farmers, while continuing to promote household-level gardening.

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August 6, 2017   Comments Off on What stops Indian cities from growing their own food?

India: Gardening for nutrition in bastis (slums)

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Lady of a basti family holding her baby and showing the pumpkin she grew with pride.

“The mission of Urban Health Resource Centre is to bring about sustainable improvements in the health conditions of the urban poor by influencing policies and programmes and empowering the community.”

From their Facebook Page
Urban Health Resource Centre

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Slum families usually have very small houses. Therefore, they find it nearly impossible to grow enough vegetables to yield ample fresh produce to use for nutritious meals. Along with nutrition, growing plants provides confidence and a sense for making their immediate world more beautiful and natural.

Caring for plants gives a sense of well being in a place where it is most desperately needed With soft, attentive motivation and gentle perseverance, UHRC’s social facilitators encouraged slum families to grow vegetables that would thrive in their respective houses.

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June 28, 2017   Comments Off on India: Gardening for nutrition in bastis (slums)

India: Septuagenarian farmer raises paddy on 4 acres in city of Trichy.

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Srinivasan says he gets 50 to 60 bags of rice per acre a year of which 25 bags were enough for his family for a year.

By D Vincent Arockiaraj
Times of India
Jun 7, 2017

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All the three sides of his land are engulfed by tall structures while on the northern side passes a black tarred road proceeding to Vayalur Murugan temple. Till 1975, his father G Ramachandran was looking after the lands. Srinivasan started to engage in agriculture at the age of 35. According to Srinivasan, his father had taken over the farming from his grandfather.

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June 11, 2017   Comments Off on India: Septuagenarian farmer raises paddy on 4 acres in city of Trichy.

India: An Urban Farming Group In Bengaluru Is Teaching People Home Agriculture To Fight Pollution

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“I was born and brought up in Bangalore,” says Dr Vishwanath. “When I was growing up, most people used to have a front and back garden.”

The group believes that the process of growing food at home can encourage green cover

By Shreya Kalra
India Times
June 4, 2017

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Harish Mysore took a Garden City Farmers workshop five years ago, and now he grows everything from coriander to eggplant to pomegranate. His hobby of growing simple flowers such as roses has been magnified to home agriculture. He says organic farming opened up a “whole new gate” for him. Not only does growing food at home have health benefits, but the food also tastes much different.

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June 5, 2017   Comments Off on India: An Urban Farming Group In Bengaluru Is Teaching People Home Agriculture To Fight Pollution

India: The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle

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A farm flanked by new apartment buildings in Varthur. Photo by Prabhu Mallikarjunan.

Students from the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism report from Bangalore in southern India.

BBC News
May 27, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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The once-rural farming community is now part of eastern Bangalore, near the city’s mighty IT campuses. This rapid urbanisation has thrust urban farmers like Hanumanthappa, who is 45, into a fraught relationship with the city. They are confronted with a choice: continue farming under adverse conditions, or sell their land.

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May 28, 2017   Comments Off on India: The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle

India: Urban farming gaining popularity

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Senthil Kumar Natchimuthu, a resident of Coimbatore, grows herbs and vegetables organically in his garden.S. Siva Saravanan

There are organisations in cities such as Chennai that guide and support rooftop kitchen gardens, urban gardening in institution buildings, etc.

By Amrita Ragavendiran
The Hindu
May 14, 2017

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As we get into the farm, the very red red-chillies and red okra catch our eyes. “The red okra seeds came from a friend who’s family has been growing it over generations. Red okra is not easily available in the markets in Coimbatore.”

Brinjals, broad beans, tomatoes, and pumpkins are among the vegetables that 44-year-old Senthil Kumar has been cultivating for a little over a year now. And, all on five acres in the city.

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May 22, 2017   Comments Off on India: Urban farming gaining popularity

Young Dairy Farmers from Rajasthan’s Kota City sell Cow Dung Cakes online on Amazon

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“People basically want it for religious purposes in these cities,” Singh added.

NewsGram Desk
May 8, 2017

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The product is packaged in such a way that the cakes don’t break.

For starters, the dung, which is a semi-liquid mixture, is first dried. It is then put into a circular die which goes through a heat-shrinking process. The finished product is then packed in cardboard boxes and dispatched.

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May 14, 2017   Comments Off on Young Dairy Farmers from Rajasthan’s Kota City sell Cow Dung Cakes online on Amazon

India: This Mumbai Ecopreneur Has Been Turning City Dwellers Into Urban Farmers

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iKheti aims to create a sustainable environment.

iKheti’s success has prompted Priyanka to take up new challenges: community farming, vertical gardening & hydroponics.

by Sohini Dey
The Better India
May 5, 2017

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Having reached out to over 4,000 people via personal services and workshops, Priyanka is now emphasizing on encouraging bigger groups. iKheti’s experience with a few corporate and religious institutions has also shown that farming is best effectively practised on rooftops or bigger spaces. She also works with schools, encouraging children to eat healthy and understand the value of food.

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May 10, 2017   Comments Off on India: This Mumbai Ecopreneur Has Been Turning City Dwellers Into Urban Farmers

India: Khetify’s ‘Internet of Things’ powered rooftop farm has caught the city dwellers’ fancy

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Khetify charges a one-time fee for the installation of the ‘khets’, depending on the size of the ‘khets’ and a maintenance charge for the supply of high quality seeds, saplings, organic fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides among others.

“We believe that urban India has been disconnected with farms, farmers, and their agrarian roots. Unless cities take control of their food systems, true sustainability could not be achieved”.

By Chhavi Tyagi,
Economictimes.Com
May 01, 2017

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The startup is now looking to grow its customer base by approaching schools, housing societies, universities, among others as well as expand its crop portfolio. The target is to make 50 schools and 150 households achieve food security by the end of 2017. This would mean the startup needs to employ an additional 10-15 farmers. However, hiring high quality talent from the domains of agriculture, botany and ecology has been a challenge.

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May 6, 2017   Comments Off on India: Khetify’s ‘Internet of Things’ powered rooftop farm has caught the city dwellers’ fancy

India: Convent School Sets Up Rooftop Farm

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Trying to motivate other schools adopt rooftop farming, the school recently organized a workshop for teachers of 50 schools.

By Kamini Mehta
Times of India
Apr 22, 2017

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It has been a month since the farm was inaugurated and the roof already looks green. The school has also been organizing various activities like container designing; making containers out of waste, to motivate students to get into farming. The plants are also gifted to teachers on their birthdays.

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April 28, 2017   Comments Off on India: Convent School Sets Up Rooftop Farm

India: Startups That Want You to Grow Your Own Food

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“We have an estimated 16,000 square kilometres of unused rooftop space in India. If we can turn 10 percent into farms, there’s a big opportunity.”

By Pranay Parab
Gadgets 360
10 April 2017

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he biggest challenge for terrace and balcony gardens is seepage. Over time, water stagnation tends to weaken building structures and by the time this visible through signs such as dripping ceilings, the damage is already done. Khetify says its “khet” (farm) boxes use drip irrigation to avoid this problem. Similarly, the other startups also say they take precautions to ensure that water doesn’t stagnate on roofs or balconies.

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April 18, 2017   Comments Off on India: Startups That Want You to Grow Your Own Food

India: This startup bringing organic farming to your rooftop

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Reddy launched Homecrop in January this year with an initial investment of just 5 lakh rupees. Ideation took a year under the guidance of National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM)’s incubator a-IDEA.

By Shilpa S Ranipeta
The News Minute
March 14, 2017

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This is where 26-year old Manvitha Reddy stepped in to start Homecrop – a startup that helps you grow pesticide-free vegetables at home. Reddy has designed rooftop and backyard kits that have everything you need to make your own farm at home.

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March 22, 2017   Comments Off on India: This startup bringing organic farming to your rooftop

India: Organic Vegetable Terrace Garden Book

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Of course low cost and easy to do…

By Sandeep Chavan
BookGanga

From Introduction:

“Author himself is working on Urban Terrace Garden issues since last 8 years. He has done many experiments in terrace garden issue. He has developed a terrace garden at his present residence. He promotes alternate ways of life, spinning on Amber Spinning Wheel (Charka), Waste Management, Solar Energy, Learning out of School and believes on Walk on the Talk!”

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March 19, 2017   Comments Off on India: Organic Vegetable Terrace Garden Book

India: Two Ranchi women turn rooftops into organic farm

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Fifty-year-old Shobha Kumari doesn’t need to visit the market to buy vegetables anymore. All she does is climb up to her terrace and pick some.

Krishna’s rooftop garden spreads across 5,000sqft, which she had reared with equal love and dedication for the past eight years.

Times of India
Mar 11, 2017

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“A few days ago, I had grown 2.5kg beans. This apart, my terrace has tomatoes, chillies, brinjals, coriander leaves and other vegetables. I also grow oranges, guavas, litchis, pomegranates and strawberries, besides roses and marigold. I have altogether 250 pots,” said a very proud Shobha, whose rooftop garden sprawls across 2,500sqft.

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March 13, 2017   Comments Off on India: Two Ranchi women turn rooftops into organic farm

India: Urban Planner Based in Bhubaneswar Encourages Agriculture In Cities

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Bhubaneswar is India’s temple city. Bhubaneswar literary means the land of Shiva. Gauda King Sashanka, who was a staunch follower of Lord Shiva, had built the first temple at Bhubaneswar (Ekamra Kshetra) in the 7th century AD.

India has a massive population of 1.3 billion, second only to China, and one-fifth of people in the country live in poverty. They need to be fed one way or the other. Urban farming is the answer to this need.

By Piyush Ranjan Rout
Orissa Post
Feb 7, 2017

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In the past few years Bhubaneswar has witnessed a heightened interest in urban agriculture. It is being bolstered by new approaches to urban planning and development that emphasise diffused, informal, community-based initiatives, open space, green space and soft-edge interventions in place of a centralised master plan that ignores urban farming.

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February 11, 2017   Comments Off on India: Urban Planner Based in Bhubaneswar Encourages Agriculture In Cities