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Philippines: Department of Agriculture teams up with youth-led architecture design competition to promote urban agriculture

The design competition, dubbed as “RE-TERRA 2021.

“This means, inserting every means of agriculture into every mode of urbanity. Tactically, this involves strategies that mobilize every component and feature of our varied and dense urban landscape towards establishing lasting food security for every Filipino.”

By Department of Agriculture
January 7, 2021


The Department of Agriculture (DA) has teamed up with RE-TERRA, a youth organization, to conduct a design competition for future architects, designers, and developers to garner innovative and transformative designs that integrate agriculture into the urban setting.

“Time and again, I have emphasized the crucial role of the youth in agriculture. They are the source of many bright and fresh ideas, having a strong grasp of emerging trends and technologies,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

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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


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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January 11, 2021   No Comments

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


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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Korea: Future of agriculture grows under Seoul’s subway stations

Children line up in front of a Metro Farm to experience and learn about agriculture in January 2020.(Farm8)

An average 7.5 million people take the subway each day in Seoul, according to Seoul Metro. This means that passersby will naturally encounter Metro Farms on their way to work, home or to meet family and friends.

By Kim Hae-yeon
Korea Herald
Jan 4, 2021
(Must see. Mike)


The 394-square-meter cultivation facility is a complex space consisting of an “Auto-Farm,“ where robots manage basic sowing and harvesting, a “Farm Cafe,” which sells fresh salad and juice, made from crops harvested on the same day, and “FarmX,” a zone where visitors can learn about the future of agriculture.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Metro, and the agriculture company Farm8 have come together for this project. In 2004, Farm8 started out as a firm that produced and distributed vegetable salads. Over time, the company shifted gears to conduct research on indoor farming as a method of sustainable agriculture that can operate regardless of weather conditions and has succeeded in developing high-tech distribution centers.

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Thailand: Rubbish Dump Turned Lush Urban Farm

The focus was on enabling vulnerable communities to produce their own nourishing food.

By Supawut Boonmahathanakorn
Good Men Project
International Institute for Environment and Development
January 4, 2021 (Must See. Mike)


That’s when the idea of an urban farm for the poor began to take shape. In the past few years, community networks in cities around Thailand have been finding innovative ways to grow vegetables on leftover bits of land, either inside their communities and on vacant land borrowed from neighbours or the local government.

These community gardens have improved nutrition, lowered food expenses and built greater self-sufficiency among some of the country’s most vulnerable people. Since COVID-19, community gardens have become even more of a lifeline for the poor, and have been sprouting up across the country.

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Malaysia: Interest in Klang Valley community gardens grows as gardening becomes cool again during Covid-19

Clockwise from left: Kebun Komuniti USJ 12 permanent volunteers Esther Tan, Karen Tan, Yeong Kong Foo, Edward Tan and Izzaham Idris. ? Picture by Choo Choy May

“Community gardens provide not just food security but also build community togetherness.”

By Melanie Chalil
Malay Mail
Dec 30, 2020


If there was one thing the pandemic taught many people around the world ? besides the importance of handwashing ? it’s that the act of growing your own food can be comforting in times of uncertainty.

In the UK, gardening became the second most popular lockdown activity in the after watching television as many were forced to stay to curb the spread of Covid-19, a GlobalData survey found.

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Philippines: Retired physician grows food and raises native chickens in her backyard

Darag chickens are usually grown in backyards, says Salacata. They are small and versatile that do not need to be highly maintained as they feed themselves with pasture.

By Vina Medenilla
Manila Bulletin
Dec 29, 2020


In Bacolod, a garden sits in a backyard that used to be a garbage dump. The area was then unoccupied, not until when Anabel Villanueva-Salacata, a retired infectious disease doctor and owner of Twenty Six Herb Garden, decided to transform the lot into an edible garden. “You do not have to have a 2,000 or 3,000 sqm or a hectare of land,” she said, explaining that one can grow anything either in a driveway, area in your dirty kitchen, or a condo’s balcony. “Just have some small pots and choose the plants that you want to eat.”

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