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Feeding cities: Singapore's approach to land use planning for urban agriculture

Diehl, J.A., Sweeney, E., Wong, B., Sia, C.S., Yao, H. and Prabhudesai, M. (2020) Feeding cities: Singapore's approach to land use planning for urban agriculture. Global Food Security, 26 . Art. 100377.

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Commercial urban agriculture is typically restricted to agriculture land use, green or open spaces, or under-utilised or undeveloped land. As urbanising cities face the double threats of urban food insecurity and land scarcity, multi-functional urban land uses that integrate rather than separate agriculture from other land uses could be a critical adaptation for the sustainability of future cities. With less than 1% of land in agricultural use, the high-density, city-state of Singapore is testing integrative approaches to where and how food can be grown in the city. The shift toward land use multiplicity is prompting cross-agency collaboration in policy development. The aims of this paper were to map changes in agricultural use of land and describe emerging policy trends in Singapore related to cross-agency collaboration and land use multiplicity. Given growing global attention to urban food policy, Singapore is a timely example where policies support integrated urban food production through high-tech intensification, a model AgriFood Innovation Park, and promotion of industrial and commercial land uses toward efficient and value-added activities that include urban farms. More examples of agriculture co-located with other land uses are needed to understand opportunities and challenges related to multi- or shared-use spaces particularly for tenure rights. Resolving regulatory and legal constraints will enable high and low tech farms to produce substantially more food in the city.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Research and Innovation
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: © 2020 Elsevier B.V.
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