Iraq: Urban Agriculture for refugees and displaced people

Since 2015 I have been working in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), developing various urban agriculture projects, including home gardens, small-scale commercial food practices, aquaponics, and academic research. Urban agriculture should be an essential part of any crisis response and designed into all refugee situations no matter how temporary we may first consider them to be. … Continued

Humanitarian innovation publication 2015

The new report by the Humanitarian Innovation Project at Oxford, entitled ‘Refugee Innovation: Humanitarian innovation that starts with communities’ was launched in July at the Humanitarian Innovation Conference. Co-authored by Alexander Betts, Louise Bloom, and Nina Weaver, the report discusses the ways in which crisis-affected people such as refugees find ways to engage in creative … Continued

FIELD NOTES: New Edible Map Walk Peterborough

The Edible Map project was hosted in Peterborough, where I ran daily walks from the 16th – 23rd of September.  It was the culmination of over a month of work that involved the mapping of Peterborough city centre. First using digital maps (Google, Bing, Open Street Map), then ground-triuthing, I find all available spaces in … Continued

FIELD NOTES: Urban Agriculture in Uganda

In May 2015 I visited Uganda as part of a feasibility study looking at the potential for urban or intensive agriculture, specifically within refugee communities within Kampala and Nakivale refugee settlement. During the visit I was accompanied by two researchers from the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University. In Kampala, we visited the informal settlement districts … Continued