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Urban Agriculture in Naga City

Urban Agriculture in Naga City

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Published by: Green Action Sustainable Technology Group on Jul 23, 2010
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UA’s positive influences on urban and peri-urban landscapes are holistic and far
reaching: poverty alleviation, food security, environmental sustainability, health
promotion, social justice and strengthened local economies, to name a few.
Underlying and fostering these benefits are the vital supporting components of
enabling and institutionally enforced policies and regulations. When such mechanisms
are informed by local people and supported by local governments a framework for UA
success is in place and can begin to grow.

Naga City rests on the brink of such success. By making use of its many political,
environmental, and socio-economic assets, it is in an excellent position to truly
support a world-class UA system. Instead of waiting until food security issues increase,
the city should tap into the vast amount of local agricultural knowledge, capitalize on
the suitable agricultural conditions and vacant lands, and acknowledge the informal
UA initiatives already in place in the city.

Upon completion of the research, a clear picture of Naga’s central role as a UA
showcase city became clear. The potential rests in the people, the government and
the UA practices already in place. What is now required is the institutionalization of
supports which can enable this potential to take root and flourish.

To conclude, we would like to suggest a possible project, “The Naga Farming School”,
which will assist in cultivating a healthy and sustainable UA system in Naga.

“The Naga Farming School”: A Collaborative Multi-Stakeholder Pilot Project

An excellent means for generating discussion and collaboration around UA would
be through the design, planning and construction of a Naga Farming School. The
school would be a pilot project, showcasing all components of an ideal UA
initiative in Naga City. The school itself would comprise of a multipurpose building
with attached communal gardening plot. Ideally, the site would be on rehabilitated
vacant lands which were given over to UA through landowner incentives and
enabling policies. The design and planning of the site would take place through
collaborative processes between all stakeholders, thus showcasing the city’s ability
to listen to all voices and value the knowledge of local people. The garden plots
could demonstrate chemical free technologies, act as venues for workshops, and
be run by local urban farmers or trained out of school youth. The multi purpose
building could be the site for information sessions, workshops, classes, drop-ins,
community dinners, cottage industry markets and festivals. The multi-purpose
building could also serve as a site for technologies such as vertical gardening,
container planting, roof-top gardening, water recycling (rain barrels, etc), and
education information associated with these. Health and environmental workshops
could also be held here as a means of providing a holistic view of UA and helping
the community see the connections between healthy food, healthy bodies and
sustainable agriculture. Finally, the centre itself could me constructed for local
materials in order to support local industries and promote sustainability to a wider
audience.

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