BANGKOK, 18 November 2011 IRIN – From rooftops to railroad tracks, Asia’s largest cities will need to maximize every bit of space to feed one of the world’s fastest-growing populations, said experts at a UN Food and Agriculture Organization FAO workshop in Bangkok on resilient food systems in Asia.
“Food-sensitive urban planning is now a necessity,” said Mariko Sato, chief of the Asia regional office of the UN Human Settlements Programme UN-HABITAT.
Although fewer people live in cities than in Asia’s rural areas – approximately 43 percent – the UN projects an 89 percent increase in the region’s urban population 1.6 billion people by 2050.
Asia had 12 megacities of more than 10 million people each, half the world’s population and the second-fastest rate of urbanization worldwide as of 2010, according to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific ESCAP.
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