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Title: Rooftop Farming in Singapore: Pockets of Hope?
Authors: GOH EE LIN
Keywords: rooftop agriculture, Singapore, state-market relations, food security, local production, bottom-up approaches
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: GOH EE LIN (2017). Rooftop Farming in Singapore: Pockets of Hope?. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Urban agriculture (UA), the cultivation of crops within and around cities has been gaining attention as a solution to various socio-economic and environmental problems manifesting in cities as a result of urbanization and population growth. Across cities, citizens are often the main initiators of UA. Similar trends have been observed in Singapore in the form of commercial rooftop agriculture (RA) to increase food security. Singapore provides an interesting context to study the rise of bottom-up RA initiatives because it is a city-state, where land is a scarce resource and the state also has a dominant hold on land use planning and land ownership. Thus, this thesis seeks to investigate 1) How the dominant role of the state in managing land use shapes Singapore’s urban agricultural landscape and 2) What are the strategies taken by the bottom-up UA initiators to manoeuvre through the resultant landscape? Data collection was carried out using semi-structured interviews with various stakeholders involved in the RA industry and analysed using a directed content analysis. The results revealed that farmers faced bureaucratic obstacles as a result of pragmatic-laden public policies and stiff competition from agriculture imports. However, some were able to circumvent these challenges by utilizing of marginalized spaces such as rooftops, leading to the rise of a RA industry and targeting niche agricultural markets. Social interactions were also observed, possibly to coincide with certain state agenda, signifying that bottom-up initiatives are very much inextricably linked and influenced by the state. Therefore, state acceptance and recognition of this landscape is vital for the establishment of more rooftop farms but hope may still be present for rooftop farms in Singapore.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/143847
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