The world is witnessing a significant shift towards urbanization. As cities expand and farmland decreases, there's a need for innovative farming such as rooftop and vertical farming. According to Edith Chekwube Ezema, a plant scientist from Bioresources Institute of Nigeria:
"Urban farming reduces the distance food travels from farm to table, ensuring fresher produce for urban dwellers and improving access to fresh, nutritious food. There is a reduced need for long-distance transportation, leading to lower carbon emissions. Establishing urban farms creates job opportunities within the community, fostering local employment and economic growth. Finally, urban farming holds significant economic potential, especially in controlled environments. Producing food in a controlled setting allows for the cultivation of pure organic produce, which is often in high demand due to its health benefits.
Embracing rooftop, and vertical farming through hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponics is not just a necessity but a viable solution for a sustainable urban future. By integrating these innovative techniques into urban landscapes, we can create greener, healthier cities where agriculture thrives amidst the concrete, offering a promising path towards a more sustainable and food-secure world."
We look forward to learning from Edith in the Green Jobs in the Green Economy Forum!