Why Urban Farming
The challenges facing the global food system are tremendous: every year the planet’s demand for food rises, climate change is altering weather patterns, and resource scarcity threatens the ability people have to grow more food. Socio-demographic factors such as a rapidly growing population, increasing urbanisation, alongside environmental ones such as competition for arable land, biodiversity loss, agrochemicals in food production make the question of food security in the urban context diverse and complex.
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Why One Urban Garden (OUG)
One Urban Garden (OUG) seeks to contribute to the vision of food resilient African cities by utilising advances in technology to construct urban rooftop farms, initially in Nairobi and then in other African cities. One of the most significant environmental and aesthetic problems with urbanisation is the lack of available open space and the notable absence of greenery in place of concrete and asphalt. One Urban Garden proposes to use rooftops as viable space to grow food. These rooftop farms are ideal for growing food because they have access to direct sunlight for most of the day, and they make use of previously underutilised spaces without competing for expensive land at ground level.
Advantages of Urban Farming
In addition to providing healthy food to the local community, rooftop farming affords numerous other benefits to the local community and the planet. As a type of green roof system, rooftop farms reduce the urban heat-island effect by absorbing heat and solar radiation which reduces the energy required to provide cooling and heating. Stormwater is better managed as rainwater is absorbed into the soil of the rooftop farm where it is used to help grow the plants while simultaneously creating a safer living environment by reducing the hazards caused by excessive run-off and by filtering pollutants. Rooftop farms also increase biodiversity in urban areas by providing habitat for beneficial insects such as bees and other pollinators.
Lastly, rooftop farms reduce carbon emissions by decreasing the distance food is transported to consumers and by adding more plants to the carbon cycle. The local economy also benefits by providing jobs for local farmers and keeping money from food sales within the local community.
OUG’s value proposition is to offer resource-efficient food on a B2B basis as an urban farm as well as a high level of transparency through story-telling around sourcing for its customers. OUG plans to supply competitively-priced, locally-grown food with lower environmental footprint to professional customers in two distinct markets: supermarkets and HoReCa (hotels, restaurants and catering services). In the long term, One Urban Garden aims to establish a consulting facility that will provide 3rd parties with services on how to develop their rooftop farms. OUG also seeks to initiate an educational centre which will train the general public about sustainable urban agriculture.
Why urban agriculture is important?
Urban agriculture is part of the locally grown food movement. ... Urban agriculture programs can help local communities in both an economic way and a social way. They allow for people to have more immediate connection to their food, as well as help stimulate a local economy.
How does urbanization affect agriculture?
Urban growth is more likely to reduce arable land availability. Since urbanization entails fewer rural people as well as more urban people, it may reduce rural farming and so, in part, counteract the effects of urbanization expanding over cultivated land.
What are the health and environmental benefits of urban farming?
Reduce Carbon Emissions. Innovative Techniques. Job Creation. Economic Growth. Community Building. Public Health. Green Space. Food Quality. Food Security.