agro-farming, urban space, urban-rural nexus, SDGs


  • Ram Avtar, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Hari Charan Behera, Assistant Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Giridih, 815301 Jharkhand, India  
  • Netranand Sahu, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi, India and Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan

Session description:

The Asian cities today have become synonymous to pollution, traffic congestion, and extreme inequality with rising figures of poverty, hunger and slum-dwelling. Adding fuel to fire the cities are slowly engulfing their peripheries. Consequently, decreasing the net-sown agricultural area. The global warming and climate change has started showing its effects in ecosystem services. Floods, cyclones, droughts, desertification of fertile land, extinction of species and massive failure of agricultural crops are new normal. Since, the millions of people depend on farming for their livelihoods, a decline in agricultural productivity has multiple spillover effects across the value chain of Urban-Rural Nexus. The new frontiers of research in urban spaces and sustainability studies thrusts on the idea of agro-farming. It involves convergence of different stakeholders from cross-cutting boundaries. This session will support to implement UN’s SDG Goal no. 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and 15 (Life on Land), strengthening stakeholders knowledge and capacity.