Effectiveness of urban farming program in providing multiple benefits to the urban community in Malaysia

Nazanin Nafisi (Faculty of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malays)
Osman Mohd Tahir (Faculty of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malaysia)
Sara Nafisi (Faculty of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malaysia)
Nazri Ishak (Faculty of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malaysia)

Abstract


Residents have chosen to be living in urban regions in recent years largely due to the accessibility of job opportunities and public services. These led to a fast increase in the amount of people live in urban regions and cities. As a result, a large amount of the property used for agricultural activities was transformed into factories, housing units, and highways. This also resulted in a decrease in food production, growth in food prices and food import bills as the country now relies on food imports especially rice, fruits and vegetables, that can prevent the fostering of urban farming activities and then provide beneficial information essential to form it into a more consumer friendly program. Moreover, studies on urban farming are somewhat few in Malaysia and this study can become helpful for future research. The study focused on small-scale agriculture projects, such as community gardens, and community-level programs such as community supported agriculture and farmers markets. The study found that how urban agriculture enhances community resilience and wellbeing. This is the necessity for the Malaysian urban authorities to give more appropriate identification and support to city dwellers and promote them to develop the practice of urban farming.


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urban farming;benefit;urban community

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30564/jaeser.v3i3.2138

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