Urban farming Rooftop
When I started to explore the prospects of aquaponics back in 2010, I realized its huge potentials of moving high quality and sustainable food production back into the city. Food production within the cities and around their fringes could in the same time help minimizing transport, reduce packaging and storage and support overall urban policies of climate resilience and food security.
With funding from the EU Eco-innovation and Nordic Marine (2012 and 2013), and a mandate to set up an urban aquaponic roof top farm I discovered the many obstacles and barriers urban farming faced at the time. This goes in regards to its non-integration in overall city planning, zone regulations complicating urban food production and the limited amount of buildings and roofs are actually able to carry a ‘green weight’ of significance.
This led me into the studies of urban food policies, relevant architecture and new city planning approaches needed, if urban farming is to carry its historical legacy of designing sociable cities into the future.
Based on these insights, I published the following book in 2021:
‘500 years of Urban Farming in Denmark – Past Experiences & Future Prospects’ available on Amazon.
Two podcast, derived from the book, have been made.
MY FOCUS AREAS
RAS & AQUAPONICS
CAPACITY BUILDING & PRO-POOR DEVELOPMENT
My topics & expertise
Read about my main topics and learn more about the approaches for sustainable development. My core competences within development work is a deep understanding of the barriers and market failures agri- and aquaculture value chains encounter trying to reach different consumer outlets. I have in this regard, been assigned to support value chains targeting export markets, domestic urban-centered retailers as well as hospitality chains catering for game parks and high-end hotels. Long-term experiences have been acquired in East Africa, Latin America and the MENA region.
With my extensive knowledge in training and capacity building of stakeholders along agrofood chains organizing relevant workshops, guiding and leaving af self-progressing learning environment. As an agriculture expert I can offer consultancy within Urban farming and other sustainable grow systems. I have written extensively about the classical challenges when demand- and market driven approaches are at the focus for value chain development. Please feel free to download the articles under Publications.