Urban Agriculture for refugees and displaced people

Womens' raised bed garden
Garden made from recycled material
3 year tree, Domiz refugee camp, Iraq
Watering a small home garden
Creating public space through gardening
A diverse family garden
Small home garden
Diverse food and ornamental garden

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 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 essential practices to bring food production, shade, and permanency to streets and home gardens.

Full details can be found on their website at lemontreetrust.org/

Market garden in Domiz refugee camp

A family garden made from recycled material

Domiz Refugee Camp Iraq © 2017 Photo by Dirk-Jan Visser

Womens’ raised bed garden