Urban Agriculture: Search for Agricultural Practice in Urbanized Rural Areas


  • Celile Özçiçek Dölekoğlu Business Administration, Faculty of Business, Adana Science and Technology University, 01250 Adana
  • Sema Gün Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara University, 06110 Ankara




urban agriculture, urban environment, food security


Rapid urbanization in developing countries involves unplanned migration, unemployment and poverty. The steady shrinking of rural areas and the use of agricultural land for other purposes are progressively increasing the pressure on natural resources. This development on the one hand increases the risk to food security, and on the other triggers climate change. The rural population who migrate to the cities or who are absorbed into urban areas continue their agricultural activities in the urban in order to provide themselves with an income or to maintain their food security. In the big cities of the developed world, contact with nature is kept by means of hobby gardens, recreational areas and urban and suburban plant and animal farming, and creative ideas such as roof gardens can be found. This development, known as urban agriculture, is practiced by 800 million people in the world. Urban agriculture has many economic, social and environmental benefits, but it may also have risks and adverse effects. In this study, the developments in this area in Turkey and the world are presented, and all aspects of its effects and outcomes are discussed.




How to Cite

Dölekoğlu, C. Özçiçek, & Gün, S. (2017). Urban Agriculture: Search for Agricultural Practice in Urbanized Rural Areas. Turkish Journal of Agriculture - Food Science and Technology, 5(12), 1461–1469. https://doi.org/10.24925/turjaf.v5i12.1461-1469.1432



Agricultural Economics