Urban Farming Strengthen the Community Food Security in the Midst of Pandemic

Urban Farming, source: Media Indonesia

Urban farming is an agricultural system that is carried out in the middle of the city and is being promoted by the government, especially Malang City government.

 

This is aimed at strengthening food security during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as being a source of additional income in the midst of an uncertain economic situation.

Based on the limited mobility and the implementation of the Work from Home policy, the people of Malang city become more enthusiastic in gardening.

Seeing the enthusiasm of the people of Malang City in doing urban farming, four students of the Faculty of Agriculture (FP) Universitas Brawijaya; Gabe Arif Ditama Sinaga, Yani Kurniawan, Ayuni Kusumawati, and Nur Aisyah Aminy under the guidance of lecturer Hafida Ruminar, S.Pd., M.Pd. interested in doing social humanities research.

This research was conducted to determine the determinants of the success of urban farming and to analyze the community’s perspective on the application of urban farming during the COVID-19 pandemic in Malang City.

In the research that has been conducted, it was found that urban farming carried out by the people of Malang City, especially in Lowokwaru District, Blimbing District, and Sukun District can support food security in urban areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team leader, Ayuni said the research conducted through online and offline interviews while still adhering to strict health protocols was known to many of the respondents who had been doing urban farming before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“However, the implementation is not optimal. During this pandemic, people are more active in doing urban farming because they have more time to care for various types of plants,” said Ayuni.

The team also succeeded in concluding that urban farming carried out by the people of Malang City in the three sub-districts has more or less helped the community in meeting their daily needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, not a few who make it as a business opportunity.

“In addition to personal consumption, the results from urban farming carried out by the community can also be distributed to surrounding neighbors. Moreover, it can also be used as a new business opportunity during the pandemic. For example, selling salad using a hydroponic system,” said Yani, one of the other team members.

Furthermore, another team member, Gabe explained that the research carried out could be used as a community solution during a pandemic when mobility was limited.

People can use their yards to grow various types of vegetables and fruits.

“If urban farming is carried out by the entire community of Malang City, it can certainly support food security in urban areas. Moreover, if urban farming in Malang City can be an example for other cities to participate in implementing urban farming,” he explained.

This research was successful in obtaining research funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia in the Student Creativity Week in the field of Social Humanities Research with the title “Reflective Studies: Urban Farming Movement in Supporting Resilience of Urban Areas During the COVID-19 Pandemic”. (AYN/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir).