Since 2015 I have been working in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). As a co-founder of the Lemon tree Trust, I have developed 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 … Continued
Refugee camps are born out of chaos and crisis, characterised as short-term responses with little in the way of planning for long-term living. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that within protracted refugee situations, all too often these camps morph into ‘accidental cities’, where an accelerated everyday urbanism transforms tents into streets lined with self-built homes. 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. Furthermore, as camps stabilise from tent cities to accidental urban settlements, agriculture, gardens, and trees become increasingly essential practices to bring food production, shade, and permanency to streets and home gardens. UA also provides a bridge helping to break down the barriers between refugees and the host communities through shared cultural practice around food and landscape.