This paper explores the imperative advantages of Urban Farming and its positive impact on urban living. Rapid urbanization is curtailing the life of millions of people with increase in urban poverty, drinking water and food security issues. It is expected that by 2020 urban dwellers will increase by 75%. It is also reported that nearly 45% of the poor will be concentrated in cities by 2020. The urban dwellers are finding it difficult to make a decent living in cities as the air and water pollution level is reaching an alarming point. The transport and communication problems are also getting higher. Most cities in India have great difficulties in coping with this development and are unable to create sufficient formal employment opportunities for the urban middle class and urban poor. There is increasing problems with the disposal of urban waste. Besides waste water management is hitting hard causing health hazards. Urban agriculture plays an important role in enhancing urban food security since the costs of supplying and distributing food to urban areas based on rural production and imports continue to increase, and do not satisfy the demand , especially of the poorer sectors of the population. Besides urban farming contributes to local economic development and generates sustainable revenue. It also supports government schemes towards poverty alleviation. Above all social inclusion of the urban poor and especially urban poor women can be achieved through this. On the environment front, urban farming adds to the greening of the city and the productive reuse of urban wastes. The importance of urban farming is increasingly being recognized by international organizations like UNO and FAO. But contribution of urban farming towards food security and nutrition are being debated at international level conventions.
Urban Farming, sustainability, food security
Dr. Lingaraju "Urban Agriculture & Sustainable Living Practices - Emerging Trends" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals Volume 2 Issue 12 2020 Page 15-17
Dr. Lingaraju "Urban Agriculture & Sustainable Living Practices - Emerging Trends" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals, 2(12)