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Innovations in Urban Farming

Innovations in Urban Farming

Urban farming is the practice of growing, processing, and distributing food and other produce through plant cultivation in and around cities for self consumption or for feeding the local population. Over the last few years, the focus on urban farming has increased considerably due to the large numbers of people moving to the cities, the effects of climate change and the need to sustain food security. The urban farming market is diverse, with multiple farming techniques and various technologies enabling urban farming. The rising demand for food in the urban regions due to the increase in population makes urban farming an important sustaining factor for global food security. The study analyzes the innovations in farming practices and the key technologies enabling urban farming.


  • Executive Summary
    • Research Scope
    • Research Process and Methodology
    • Key Findings in the Urban Farming Sector
  • Overview of the Urban Farming Sector
    • Urban Farming Will Be the Ideal Solution for the Growing Population and Food Security
    • Rise in Urban Population and Advancements in Controlled Environment Agriculture are the Key Drivers for Urban Farming
    • The Major Challenges for The Urban Farming Sector Lie in High Investment Cost and High Water Consumption
    • The Need for Technology Enhancements and Innovations in Urban Farming
  • Innovations in Techniques Associated with Urban Farming
    • Urban Farms Utilize Unused Land and Space to Generate Abundance of Food in Urban Areas and Also Create Awareness about Healthy Living
  • Innovations in Commercial Urban Farming
    • Reinvention of Agriculture Coupled with the Utilization of Modern Techniques Will Enable Superior Quality of Crops
  • Aeroponics
    • Growth of Plants in Aeroponics is Achieved in a Misty Environment and also Stimulates Root Growth in Plants
  • Innovations in Aeroponics
    • Smart Substrate Growth Medium Technology Will Retain Nutrients for a Longer Time and Enhance Plant Growth
    • Climate Control Technology is Facilitated by Using Automation Technology to Provide Ambient Conditions for Proper Growth
    • Aeroponic Cyclone Fogging Technology Improves Aeration and Nutrient Uptake Which Will Increase Crop Yield
    • The Future Prospects for Aeroponics Depend on the Ability of the Farming Systems to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits
    • State-of-the-Art Equipment and Several Initiatives in Developed and Developing Countries Will Enable More Penetration of Aeroponics
  • Hydroponics
    • Hydroponics Deals with Soil Less Growth of Plants and Utilization of Nutrients Dissolved in Water Solution
  • Innovations in Hydroponics
    • Mobile Detachable Panels for Vertical Hydroponic Systems Enable Quick Harvesting and also Involve Less Labor
    • Air Purified Semiconductor Clean Rooms with Styrofoam Growth Medium for Effective Hydroponic Systems
    • Future Prospects for Hydroponics Based on Automation and Efficient Lighting Systems Will Provide Nutrient Rich Produce
    • Many Initiatives for Stimulating Hydroponics Enable Better Control over Utilization of Resources for Agriculture
  • Aquaponics
    • Aquaponics Replicates Natural Systems for the Stimulation of a Symbiotic Relationship Between Fish and Crops
  • Innovations in Aquaponics
    • Aggregate Bed Technique Creates Micro Ecosystems to Grow a Wide Range of Crops
    • Deep Water Culture is a Simple Technique for Large-scale Operation of Aquaponic Systems and Involves Less Maintenance
    • Nutrient Film Technique is More Practically Viable as Compared to Other Aquaponics Techniques
    • Integrated Systems in Aquaponics Will Help Farmers to Reduce Capital and Operational Expenditure
    • Numerous Initiatives Will Aid in the Commercialization of the Latest Technologies Associated with Aquaponics
  • Greenhouse Farming
    • Greenhouse Farming Provides Good Options for Small-Scale Farmers and Can also Be Installed Anywhere in the World
    • Future Prospects Involving the Utilization of Renewable Energy and Automation Systems Will Provide Longevity to the Crops Cultivated
    • Key Initiatives Taken by Several Governments Will Look for Sustainable Solutions that Reduce Water and Energy Consumption
  • Innovations in Personal Urban Farming
    • Efficient Container Gardening Relies on the Provision of Proper Drainage Systems Which Will Aid in the Growth of Edible Crops
    • Future Developments in Improving Urban Gardens Will Improve the Health Quotient of the People
    • Guidelines Formulated to Improve Horticultural and Gardening Activities Will Help People Living in Urban Areas to Even Utilize Contaminated Sites
  • Raised Bed Gardening
    • Raised Bed Gardening Eliminates Growth of Invasive Plants and Will Aid Growth of All Kinds of Vegetables
    • Rooftop and Community Gardening Practices Should be Developed in the Long Run in order to Improve Raised Bed Gardening
    • Numerous Governments are Planning to Implement Raised Bed Gardening in order to Address Several Environmental Issues
  • Innovations in Technologies Enabling Urban Farming
    • Internet-of-Things Provides Real-time Monitoring of Urban Farming Systems
    • IoT in Indoor Gardens Has the Potential to Enable Connectivity with Personal Activity Trackers
    • Open API-based IoT in Hydroponics and Aquaponics Results in Cost Reduction and Offers Customization
  • LED Grow Lights
    • LED Grow Lights Push Controlled Environment Farming to its Fullest Potential
    • Water-cooled LED Lighting Systems Efficiently Reduce the Total Cooling Load Required by the Farm
    • Programmable LED Grow Lights Offer Complete Control over the Entire Spectrum to be Tuned according to the Needs of Farmers
  • Automation and Control Systems
    • Control and Regulation for CO2 Enrichment in Hydroponics is Necessary for Healthy Yield of Produce
    • Smart Nutrients Controller Will Revolutionize the Urban Farming Market by Reducing Human Intervention Time
    • Analytics in Urban Farming Is Key to Achieving Increased Productivity by Utilizing Machine Learning and Parallel Computing Techniques
  • 3D Printing of Gardens
    • 3D Printing of Gardens Will Result in Building Affordable and Customizable Urban Gardens Right from the Farmers' Location
  • Analysis
    • Selection of Crops Grown Indoors and Outdoors Using Various Technologies - Snapshot
    • Comparison Matrix for Various Parameters Used in Various Technologies in Farming - Snapshot
      • Table Comparison Matrix for Different Farming Techniques : Global : 2017-2020
    • Region-wise Analysis that Gives an Idea about the Use of Various Farming Techniques in Different Continents
    • Key Inferences from the Comparison Matrix
    • Region-wise Recommendations Based on the Current Innovations Projected for the Future
  • Growth Opportunities
    • Growth Opportunity 1- Utilization of Vertical Farming-New Capabilities
    • Growth Opportunity 2- Reduction of NOx Emissions-Geographic Expansion
  • Analyst Insights
    • Versatility in Type of Crops Grown and Automation of Farming Methods Will Play a Key Role in Widespread Adoption of Urban Farming Aeroponics
  • Key Patents and Contacts
    • Key Patents in Vertical Farming Systems Including Aquaponics, Aeroponics, Hydroponics
    • Key Patents Covering Urban Farming Systems
    • Key Contacts

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