What does the future hold for Delhi’s urban farmers?

Farmers driving through the village of Karhera in India

A new digital story and photo book show the dilemmas facing urban farmers at the edge of Delhi and Ghaziabad in India.

Surrounded on all sides by rapid urbanisation, industry and even new tourist attractions, the farmers find their access to land increasingly constrained. Their crops, and their health, are affected by rising pollution.

Despite this, Delhi’s urban farmers continue to be an important source of fresh, local food for people in the city. They, like other food-producers elsewhere, also have the potential to safeguard ecosystem services like water and soils through their farming methods.

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What does the future hold for Delhi’s urban farmers?


Photo book

Karhera: A photo book’ tells the story of change in Karhera, a farming village in the midst of urban India, through words and images. The photos were taken and collected with the collaboration of local residents.

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About the project

The Risks and Responses to Urban Futures project explores the connections between ecosystem services, livelihoods and poverty in peri-urban areas of South Asia. It aims to produce evidence and tools to link ecosystem services with poverty alleviation. The project is affiliated to the STEPS Centre and is funded by the ESPA (Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation) programme.