Countries: Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines
Indah Nuryanti, Binatani Sejahtera Foundation, Indonesia. firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana M. Benjumea Mejia, NeuroLandscape organisation, Scientific Board Member & Global Project Manager, Singapore. email@example.com
Christopher Ebreo, Technical Assistance Movement for People and Environment, Inc., Executive Director Philippines. firstname.lastname@example.org
The global environmental crisis has posed several challenges in heavy urbanised cities. Among those are the need to provide food security to all citizens, the need to reduce the urban pollution caused by urban activities, and urban spaces that contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of people. Urban farming has the potential to help solve some of those challenges, thus providing many benefits to surrounding communities, for instance, access to healthy food, increased physical activity, community development and education, and food system ecology awareness. Nevertheless, although the benefits of urban farming have been widely acknowledged by practitioners and scholars, there are still fundamental gaps in the implementation of urban farming projects in the city fabric. For instance, how to ensure sustainability and active engagement of city dwellers with urban farming initiatives, and to what extent people actually feel empowered or inclined to initiate or develop such initiatives?
The development of our proposal will address the aforementioned enquiries by promoting networks and channels of communication aimed to educate people about the benefits that urban farming could have in their daily life. To accomplish this the objectives of the project will be as follows:
- Create an online network for knowledge dissemination about the importance of individual and community actions in urban farming activities in Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore.
- Develop three educational training modules that will be focused on: 1) Urban Farming; 2) Improving Mental Health Through urban farming; 3) Adaptable Architecture Infrastructures for urban farming.
- To invite experts on the fields of urban farming, urban design and mental health, and architectural design, to share their expert knowledge.
- Expand the ‘Networks of Nature’ across the three core countries and invite more countries to be part of the network.
- To highlight the actions of local communities that have successfully implemented urban farming initiatives in their local environments.