Promoting Urban Agriculture and Its Opportunities and Challenges—A Global Review

Gunasiri Wadumestrige Dona, Chethika, Mohan, Geetha and Fukushi, Kensuke, (2021). Promoting Urban Agriculture and Its Opportunities and Challenges—A Global Review. Sustainability, 13(17), 1-22

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    Author Gunasiri Wadumestrige Dona, Chethika
    Mohan, Geetha
    Fukushi, Kensuke
    Title Promoting Urban Agriculture and Its Opportunities and Challenges—A Global Review
    Appearing in Sustainability
    Volume 13
    Issue No. 17
    Publication Date 2021-08-26
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher MDPI
    Start page 1
    End page 22
    Language eng
    Abstract The review study mainly examined the contribution of academic literature on urban agriculture under four dimensions: the socio-economic context of the country, type of agriculture model, opportunities, and challenges. The results revealed the focus of academic literature on urban agriculture to show favoritism toward developed countries’ community gardens. Moreover, the leading academic focus on this discipline identifies multifunctionality. People’s motivations in developed countries tend to favor social, health-related, and educational benefits of urban agriculture; however, in developing countries, urban agriculture is more related to economic and ecological needs. Challenges for urban agriculture are also different among developed and developing countries. Nevertheless, existing academic studies have given comparatively less attention to identifying challenges, benefit groups of urban agriculture, and government support. Since urban agriculture is highly reliant on local factors, studying more about opportunities and challenges for urban agriculture under different socio-economic contexts and different agriculture models could be more beneficial to connect farming practices in cities with urban planning. Therefore, to make an adequate academic contribution to urban sustainability, future urban agriculture studies need to be more holistic.
    Keyword Urban Agriculture
    Multifunctionality
    Opportunities
    Challenges
    Global Review
    Copyright Holder Geetha Mohan and Kensuke Fukushi
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179609
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