Since 2015 I have been working in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). As a co-founder of the Lemon tree Trust, alongside Stephanie Hunt, our team has helped to developed various urban agriculture projects, including home gardens, small-scale commercial food practices, aquaponics, trees planting, and academic research. Urban agriculture should be seen as an essential part of … Continued
In 2015, I co-founded the Lemon Tree Trust, an NGO that specialises in UA and refugees. The majority of the work took place in Northern Iraq, amongst the Syrian and Yazidi population.
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.