There are currently 7 billion people on this planet and it's estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050. This population growth is accompanied by a rising demand for food, water and land. Today, almost 1 billion people are undernourished, particularly in developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Even if the agricultural production in those countries doubles by 2050, it will not be enough to cope with the rising demand.
Dec 16, 2013
With towns and cities growing ever faster, it's estimated that in 2050 over 80% of the world population will live in urban areas. This process is accompanied by a higher demand for food in an area that has less and less space to produce it. Many poor families in urban areas are already finding it harder to purchase sufficient food to satisfy their needs and are implementing several methods of urban farming to cope.
Since July 2010, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has implemented an emergency food production support project, funded by the Goverment of the Kingdom of Belgium.
This emergency food production project mainly consists out of vertical farms and aquaponics systems, making the Gaza Strip one of the leading areas in the world in terms of urban farming.
Sustainable Harvesters is a a team of individuals that commited themselves to building a local, sustainable and educational farm in the North West of Houston, Texas. The goal of their farm is to provide their local community with fresh and healty produce and fish, free of pesticides, synthethic fertilizers, GMO's or growth hormones. Other than produce and fish, they aim to educate their local communities about aquaponics. To accomplish this, they have built strong relationships with local schools and universities.
Dec 15, 2013
Several Vietnemese fishermen in the Eastern New Orleans area, Louisiana, have been rendered unemployed due the oil spill in 2010. However, instead of letting themselves be defeated, they used their knowledge about fishing and combined it with aquaponics farming, giving birth toe the VEGGI Farmer's Cooperative (link).