Droughts have been Zimbabwe's visitors for decades living many people malnourished. When rains are better, urban dwellers rely on rural areas to put food on the table. What if urbanites could grow there food from that small space they have. Well, a new farming technology is burgeoning that enables urban dwellers to grow vegetables and crops on their own and it's called vertical farming.
Vertical farming allows crops and greens to be grown indoors in stacked layers. It allows crops to be grown in smaller spaces without soil and natural light through out the year. Because its in a controlled environment it means it does not get affected with natural disasters.
Zimbabwe like other parts of Africa have been prone to droughts and this can come in handy. The technology is already being used in Beijing as China anticipates the growth of its urban residents. It is estimated about one billion Chinese are expected to be living in and working in urban areas by 2035. Vertical farming is ideal for China as it has to feed about 22% of the world's population.
Vertical farming is of highest modern agriculture techniques which include artificial lighting, temperature control and hydroponic system that delivers nutrients to vegetables.
Food security is very important and every available technology to boost food production should be looked into. As China and Zimbabwe continue in their long standing friendship, there is a lot to adopt. It's better to learning how to fish for yourself than to clap when receiving a fish. It's not only China that has adopted this technology, Singapore too and many other countries.