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China: How sustainable green urban farms support the local food system in response to COVID-19

The government of Chongming district insisted on promoting the development of green agriculture, quickly adopted pandemic response measures and mobilized the production capacity of urban farms.

By Shanghai Chongming Eco-Agriculture Science and Technology Innovation Center
City Region Food Systems Programme
FAO
11/12/2020

Excerpt:

Background

Shanghai is the largest city in China with a population of over 24 million and one of the most important international hubs. As of 1 November 2020, Shanghai has a total of 1 187 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 845 are imported cases from abroad, and 342 locally confirmed cases.

Since January 2020, Shanghai has adopted various measures to improve the local agricultural production and food system. In the press conference held on 24 June 2020[1], Shanghai municipal government gave an overview introduction of the city’s food supply system summarized here below:

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December 20, 2020   Comments Off on China: How sustainable green urban farms support the local food system in response to COVID-19

China: Shandong’s ‘backyard garden’ hopes to lure investment and tourists from city

Yinjiayu Rural Complex.

The rural complex enables visitors to experience tranquil pastoral life amid seas of flowers, peach forests, lucid waters and lush mountains

By Hu Min
Shine
Dec 8, 2020

Excerpt:

The rural complex covering 38 square kilometers in Yishui County’s Quanzhuang Town strings together farm land, mountains and water resources that blend agriculture, tourism, sightseeing, shopping and entertainment with a unique combination of science and technology and idyllic pastoral life.

The complex operator signed cooperation agreements with the Shanghai Tourism Alliance, several travel agencies and science and technology companies in Shanghai yesterday.

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December 15, 2020   Comments Off on China: Shandong’s ‘backyard garden’ hopes to lure investment and tourists from city

China: Community Gardens – Planting seeds, growing communities – A film

See the film here.

The director’s observation of three community gardens in Shanghai

Provided by 2020 Looking China · Youth Film Project.
Frederik Vercammen, the director, from Belgium
Tang Yaxuan, the producer, from St. John’s College
Article Editor: Shen Ke
Shine
Dec 2020
(Must see film. Mike)

This documentary shows the director’s observation of three community gardens in Shanghai. Through close interviews with the staff, volunteers and residents who participated in the construction and maintenance of the gardens, a window is open for us to see how the simple and sincere connection among people in a busy and indifferent urban life is forming in everyone’s heart through simple acts taking place in small community gardens.

Link to the film here.

December 11, 2020   Comments Off on China: Community Gardens – Planting seeds, growing communities – A film

Hong Kong: Day in the Life: Urban Farmer

Pol tends to the farm.

Pol Fàbrega came to Hong Kong in 2012, and in 2015 co-founded Rooftop Republic, a social enterprise that promotes sustainable living through building and managing urban farms in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.

By Ken Wu
The Style Sheet
30 July 2020

Excerpt:

Morning

‘I wake up around eight, have an espresso and some fruit, and head to Dream Impact, the co-working space our Rooftop Republic team uses. We have around ten full-time employees, along with ten to fifteen farmers that work with.

A typical morning might include meetings with the marketing team, sales team and project teams to go over what we need to do that week. I do a lot of the sales and business development, so I’m in constant contact with potential clients who are interested in creating urban farms on their properties. We’ve recently set up a project at a clubhouse, which is going to be used by their restaurant’s kitchen, so the morning might include a site visit to check on a project like this.

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December 10, 2020   Comments Off on Hong Kong: Day in the Life: Urban Farmer

China: Shanghai rooftop farms – A Film

Maya Torrens during the filming. See the film here.

Focusing on two rooftop farms in Baoshan and Hongkou, this film explores the relationship between modern city and agriculture.

Film By Maya Torrens, the director, from the UK
Xie Zhiying, the producer, from Shanghai University
Article by Yang Meiping
Shine
2020-12-05

(Must see film. Mike)

As a new form of business combining city and agriculture, rooftop farm is in the stage of vigorous development in Shanghai.

Focusing on two rooftop farms in Baoshan and Hongkou, this film explores the relationship between modern city and agriculture and the new concept of green life by recording the stories of the founders of the farms and the children’s planting experience.

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December 8, 2020   Comments Off on China: Shanghai rooftop farms – A Film

China: Shanghai’s first unmanned farm

Shanghai planned to create 13 high-quality urban agriculture development pilot zones during the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), and the first is the recently launched “digital unmanned farm” in Waigang Town, Jiading District.

By Zong Shukang
CCTN
Nov 27, 2020

Excerpt:

“In the next few years, relying on new-generation information technologies such as the Internet of Things, 5G, and artificial intelligence, an unmanned production operation mode of farm production and management can be completed by remotely controlling farm facilities, equipment, and machinery”, said Zhang.

It is also estimated that by the end of 2022, five sets of unmanned tractors, unmanned rice transplanters, unmanned sprayers, and unmanned harvesters will each be modified to meet operational needs, and the demonstration area will be expanded to 1,600 Mu (264 acres), according to the base’s report.

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China’s new city to showcase self-sufficient post-COVID design

It includes buildings with communal greenhouses to allow for food production and solar-panelled sloping roofs to produce energy.

Cities Today
Sept 14, 2020

Excerpt’s

Guallart’s winning proposal is based on the idea of a “self-sufficient” city which incorporates local resource production and sustainability, and aims to reduce disruption to daily life “even in moments of confinement”, such as future pandemic lockdowns. It includes buildings with communal greenhouses to allow for food production and solar-panelled sloping roofs to produce energy. Small co-working “digital factories” offer 3D printers and rapid prototyping machines to produce everyday goods.

All the apartments feature a large south-facing terrace which acts as a thermal regulator and they also come with dedicated remote working/learning spaces and 5G connectivity.

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September 15, 2020   Comments Off on China’s new city to showcase self-sufficient post-COVID design