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WHAT MAKES VERTICAL
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VERTICAL FARMING IS A FARMING GAME CHANGER.

In many parts of Africa, vertical farming is a relatively new method of agriculture that involves growing crops in vertically stacked layers, often in a controlled environment. This type of farming has the potential to transform agriculture in African cities where urbanization and population growth are putting a strain on traditional farming methods.

One of the primary advantages of vertical farming is that it allows for year- round production of fresh produce regardless of weather conditions. This is especially important in African cities, where extreme weather events such as droughts and floods can disrupt traditional farming practices. Crops can be grown in a controlled environment with precise control over factors like temperature, humidity, and lighting, resulting in higher crop yields and more consistent production.

Compared to traditional farming methods, vertical farming also requires less land and water, making it a more sustainable method of growing fresh produce in urban areas. Furthermore, since vertical farming can be done indoors, it is not subject to pests and diseases that affect outdoor crops.

There are a few obstacles to implementing vertical farming in African cities. One of the main challenges is the high upfront costs of establishing a vertical

farm, which can be prohibitive for small farmers. Similarly, there may be a lack of infrastructure and technical expertise in some areas, making it difficult to get started.

Despite these obstacles, several vertical farming initiatives are already sprouting up in African cities. SunCulture, for example, has established a vertical farm in Nairobi, Kenya, that uses hydroponics to grow lettuce, spinach, and other leafy greens. Urban Agriculture, a South African company, has established a vertical farm in Cape Town that uses aquaponics to grow a variety of crops such as tomatoes, peppers, vegetables, and herbs, this gives hope to the rest of Africa as well.

Overall, vertical farming has the potential to revolutionize agriculture in African cities by providing urban populations with a sustainable and reliable source of fresh produce. While there are challenges to overcome, the benefits of this innovative approach to agriculture are clear, and we can expect to see more vertical farms spring up in African cities in the coming years.

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