Urban Gardening-The next step to bring greenery back

20-05-2022    11:15   |    Agritech Tomorrow

Here’s a guide to help you understand what urban gardening entails and why it is the key to meeting growing demand while helping urban consumers and communities exercise control over the way their food is grown.

Introduction

According to FAO reports, by 2050, more than 6 billion people will reside in urban areas, almost twice the current population of 3.5 billion. 55% of the world’s population already lives in urban areas, where 80% of food produced will be consumed in urban areas.

In India, reports by the UN state that 40.76% of the country’s population will live in urban areas by the year 2030. The rural production system will burden the increasing demand for fruits and vegetables in urban markets. But there is one solution that can combat rapid urbanization, food shortage and climate change all at once – urban gardening. Here’s a guide to help you understand what urban gardening entails and why it is the key to meeting growing demand while helping urban consumers and communities exercise control over the way their food is grown.

What is Urban Gardening?

Urban gardening is cultivating and processing food in and around urban localities. Urban gardening also involves animal husbandry, aquaculture, beekeeping and horticulture. Essentially, it is a conventional crop growing in a city setting. With urbanization and the desire of more people to do their farming where they live, urban gardening has become a popular and effective option – a departure from the conventional belief that crop production can only be done in rural areas. The rapid growth of the city population in the developing region is placing enormous demands on food supply systems, leading to food shortages during the crisis. Urban gardening can help resolve this crisis. The minimal land available in this concrete jungle is utilized for gardening.

Types of Urban Gardens

Let us understand some types of Urban Gardening that could benefit individuals and help them sustain themselves independently.

Kitchen Gardening: 

It is small-scale cultivation where herbs and spices are grown in a small piece of land or even pots for daily kitchen use. Kitchen Gardening is mainly done to meet a small family’s everyday needs and becomes less dependent on the market availability.

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