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Pakistan: Citizen plants roof garden to beat inflation

Punjab Agriculture Dept recently launched a kitchen gardening project

By Asif Mehmood
The Express tribune
January 06, 2021

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A resident of Gulberg area has started a rooftop vegetable garden after a surge in vegetable prices.
With a small kinnow plant on one part of the roof, there is a small variety of flowers in the garden as well, which are spreading their beautiful colours.

Abdul Majeed has grown seasonal vegetables and flowers in the rooftop garden of his three-storey, five-marla house.

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Thailand: Thai landfill turned into urban farm to feed poor during pandemic

Supawut Boonmahathanakorn, a community architect at the urban farm he created at the site of a landfill to support poor and homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic in Chiang Mai, Thailand. December 20, 2020. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rina Chandran

“The Chiang Mai farm is a sandbox – it shows it can be done in even the most unlikely of spaces if the government and the community come together,” she added.

By Rina Chandran
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Jan 6, 2021

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The farm in Chiang Mai, about 700 km (435 miles) from the capital Bangkok, took shape during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus last year, when many of the city’s residents lost their tourism-dependent jobs.

Supawut Boonmahathanakorn, a community architect who works on housing solutions for Chiang Mai’s homeless and informal settlers, approached authorities with a plan to convert the unused landfill into an urban farm to support the poor.

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