Toronto at UA World Summit in Tokyo

In 2019, the City of Nerima, Japan hosted urban agriculture experts from five cities around the world to exchange ideas and demonstrate the benefits of growing food in the city. 

The following photo essays give a brief sample of the inspiring farmers, city initiatives and community support that we saw in Nerima. 

You can find further information about the summit and the presentations of local and international speakers at the official Nerima site. Scroll down for links to other presenting organizations.

An overview of Nerima City and some examples of municipal initiatives 

Two case studies of production, marketing and other on-farm activities

Farmers and the City of Nerima work together to build community support for urban farms through events like the Annual Daikon Pulling Tournament and farmers' markets.

International Workshop on Living with Urban Agriculture Landscapes

After the UAWS in Nerima, the University of Tokyo and Green Connection Tokyo organized another two day conference with poster sessions, tours and discussions related to urban agriculture in Tokyo and other cities. 

This photo essay highlights farms, the JA Agriculture Cooperative and KokuVege local food promotion project in Kokubunji City, a suburb west of Tokyo.

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Links to UAWS participating organizations

Presentations at the summit demonstrated a wide range of ways that cities, non-profit organizations and universities are increasing access to green spaces and healthy food while addressing some of the more pressing issues of our time, such as inequality and climate change. 

New York

NYC Parks GreenThumb provides programming and material support to over 550 community gardens in New York City.

Great Performances is New York's largest catering company, with a focus on local food.  Katchkie Farm is a 60-acre, NOFA-certified CSA farm that also supplies Great Performances. The Sylvia Centre is a nutrition education and youth development organization.

The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute is an academic research and action center at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy located in Harlem, NYC.

London, UK

Sustain is a national alliance for food and farming. Numerous programs include the Capital Growth community food growing network, Growing Health research into health promotion and food growing and the impact of food and farming on climate change.

Bohn &Viljoen Architects is a London-based architectural practice and consultancy that specialises in sustainable urban design and low energy architecture. The firm has gained international recognition for a strong focus on the integration of anything food into design, including Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes and the Growing Balconies project.

Seoul, Korea

The Economic Policy Office of the Seoul Metropolitan Government has a page on Seoul City Agriculture.

Jakarta, Indonesia

Balkot Farm - demonstration and research site

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