Rooftop agriculture on the roof of the world

Rooftop agriculture on the roof of the world

Farmers in Nepal experiment growing food on rooftops as urban sprawl eats up agricultural land.

When the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted food supply, Bijaya Manandhar, did not anticipate that her life would be ruined upside down.

Her hometown of Banepa has seen the city expand rapidly, obliterating much of the surrounding fertile plains. So the 52-year-old just went back to her ancestral livelihood — not on terrace farms, but on her rooftop terrace.

“The food on my plate now comes from my roof,” says Manandhar proudly. “We had to regain our food self-sufficiency during the pandemic so we had no other option but to grow vegetables in our roof garden.”

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PHOTO: Aerial images of house roofs with urban farming in Kanthu Tole, Banepa. Credit: GEOMETRICS ENGINEERING SOCIETY, KATHMANDU UNIVERSITY.

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