Pandemic-induced food insecurity reduced by urban farm in Thailand

Jaibaan Studio, an architectural firm, has obtained approval from the governor of Chiang Mai to create an urban farm on a 4,800 square meter plot of land that had been used as a landfill for more than 20 years. 

After clearing out the garbage, leveling the soil, and adding new topsoil to create gardening beds, they began a campaign to raise awareness about the farm and to request donations in the form of plants, seeds, gardening tools, and fertilizer. 

Community members have signed up to care for the garden, and families in need are able to harvest and take home any plants that they want or need. 

A low-cost way
Chiang Mai’s economy is largely dependent on tourism, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced Thailand to close its borders to tourists and left many Chiang Mai residents without jobs or any source of income. 

Because of pandemic-related disruptions to the worldwide food system, global food insecurity increased by approximately 82% in 2020. Community and urban gardens are a low-cost way to increase access to nutritious fruits and vegetables in areas where food insecurity is prevalent. 

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