Pasha 4: The virtues of vertical farms

A massive challenge for Africa is feeding the 1.3 billion people who live on the continent. This will only get more and more difficult as the population grows. Providing nutritious, healthy and pesticide free food is crucial.

Vertical farms is one possible way of meeting the challenges of urbanisation and the rising demand for food. The farms are built as vertically stacked layers in unlikely places – from skyscrapers to warehouses and containers. Esther Ndumi Ngumbi, a post-doctoral researcher and food security fellow, explains how they’re being used to great effect around the world. And why they could work in Africa.

Read more: Africa needs its own version of the vertical farm to feed growing cities

Photo: Vegetables are grown using fertigation system. Vegetables can be planted in a small space and arranged vertically. By Aisyaqilumaranas

Music “Happy African Village” by John Bartmann found on licensed under CC0 1.

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