The analysis of urban agriculture development in Malaysia

Rabiul Islam, Chamhuri Siwar

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Abstract

Urbanization and the globalization of the food system are causing social, environmental, economic and political problems worldwide. Malaysian urban agriculture is one tool for sustainable development that has the potential to provide food or related services within or on the edges of urban areas. Urban population depends largely on cash income to access food and with unemployment increasing more urban households is unable to access food to meet their needs. Alternative ways of accessing food has become necessary. The goal of this research was to determine the current situation and the future potential of urban agriculture. A literature review was used to determine the perceptions of relevant stakeholders, barriers and ways to overcome those barriers. Study participants demonstrated a relatively greater awareness of environmental and community benefits of urban agriculture compared to food security, health or economic benefits. This study has investigated the impact of such farming on household's food security and income generation. This result in lack of adequate land use planning for urban agriculture and weak support to urban farmers. Malaysian urban agriculture is therefore constrained by lack of integrated development approach. Major challenges identified were perceptions of limited space, limited resources and education. Recommendations to address these challenges are also provided. Overall, the urban agriculture of Malaysia has potential to contribute to sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1068-1078
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in Environmental Biology
Volume6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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Food Supply
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City Planning
Economics
urban population
land use planning
environmental economics
globalization
Urbanization
Internationality

Keywords

  • Economic development
  • Food security
  • International policy
  • Urban agriculture

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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