Farming in the City: How can urban agriculture be integrated in slum upgrading schemes in Mumbai, India?
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The study aims to explore how urban agriculture can contribute to slum upgrading in a developing country such as India. In order to investigate the aim a case study has been carried out in Mumbai and Pune, with focus on the situation in Mumbai. The study aims to look at the examples of urban agriculture that can be found and cultivation techniques that are used. Furthermore, the main challenges for urban agriculture in Mumbai are investigated. Finally the report aims to explore how urban agriculture can be introduced in slum upgrading schemes in Mumbai.
Through interviews and observations a number of different types of urban agriculture practices, such as railway farming, beach farming and community farming along with different types of rooftop farming, were discovered. These turned out to be a mix of formal and informal activities, performed by people from various socioeconomic backgrounds. Some of the farmers produced cash crops while others had it as a hobby. Additionally, we were introduced to a number of new cultivation techniques. We were also introduced to how different actors viewed and valued urban agriculture in the fast growing city of Mumbai.
Our experience has taught us that the physical conditions in terms of building design and available resources and materials are possible to overcome with innovative use of space and the right cultivation techniques. The challenge is to persuade the government and its planners about the positive values of urban agriculture and how it can be incorporated in their city planning since developers with economic incentives drive the land use planning today.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 92 p.
SoM EX, 2012-14
Urban agriculture, India, Mumbai, slum upgrading, urban development, urban planning
Stadsodling, Indien, Mumbai, slumupprustning, stadsutveckling, samhällsplanering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-98076OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-98076DiVA: diva2:535159
Subject / course
Degree of Master - Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
2012-05-21, KTH, Stockholm, 15:19 (English)
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Vestbro, Dick Urban
Svane, Örjan, professor