Perception of community residents on supporting urban agriculture in Malaysian city

Case study at Bukit Mertajam

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to identify the concept of urban agriculture in the residential environment of a community by taking the Taman Desa Damai community of Bukit Mertajam City, Penang State, Malaysia as the sample. This study conducted in-depth interviews and observations with 15 community residents to explore the influences of setting up urban agriculture with respect to three aspects of community residents benefits at the social, economics and environmental levels, and followed by about future farm environmental effect, key stakeholders and the challenges. The results indicate that community farming has become significant in realizing the full potential of the residential community and facing obstacles to be sustained in the long term. We recommend stakeholders to support in terms of finance so that community farming has more access to technical facilities and achieve household food self-sufficiency, food availability and food security, diversity of diet and contribute immensely to urban household's livelihoods. It is hoped that this work will be a useful reference in promoting more urban community participation in community urban agriculture in order to achieve sustainable urban environment.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJurnal Pengurusan
Volume53
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

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Residents
Urban agriculture
Food
Farming
Household
Stakeholders
Urban environment
In-depth interviews
Finance
Farm
Environmental effects
Malaysia
Diet
Community participation
Livelihoods
Food security
Urban communities
Self-sufficiency

Keywords

  • Community farming
  • Economic benefits
  • Environmental benefits
  • Social benefits
  • Urban agriculture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Accounting
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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