Urban Agriculture in post-“Disaster” Cities

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Rampart, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Yuki Kato, Jeanne Firth
Chairs: Yuki Kato


What role does urban agriculture play in the post-disaster cities undergoing major social, economic, and political transitions? There have been increasing evidence that post-disaster cities get reordered by neoliberal policies that promote privatization and exacerbate existing social disparity. Similarly, sustainability has been coopted into justifying capitalistic development that favor the wealthy and fuel gentrification while pushing out long-term community gardeners. On the other hand, studies have investigated ways in which urban agriculture could mobilize marginalized community through their prefigurative practice that concretely presents the alternative to the exploitative status quo. In the post-disaster recovery and redevelopment context, these opposing tendencies could present unique set of opportunities and constraints for urban agricultural projects. Does UA reflect and embody the city’s neoliberalistic turn or the rise of oppositional forces to resist the status quo—or both?

The panel will focus on how these opposing tendencies in post-disaster cities affect the scale, scope and sustainability of urban agricultural projects. The panel broadly defines disaster to include acute disasters (e.g., hurricanes and earthquakes) to slow-moving disasters (e.g., economic disinvestment or depopulation). The panel seeks to critically examine the forces that give rise to cultivation activities, challenges faced by the UA projects in the post-disaster recovery contexts, and long-term sustainability of UA in these cities.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Julia Bausch*, Arizona State University, Urban Agriculture from the Top Down in a Disaster-Prone Metropolis: The case of Mexico City 20 3:20 PM
Discussant Justine Lindemann Cornell University 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Jeanne Firth*, London School of Economics, Yuki Kato, Georgetown University, The Role of External Funding in the Development of Food Systems and Urban Agriculture in Post-Katrina New Orleans 20 4:00 PM
Presenter Arianna Hall-Reinhard*, West Virginia University, "Squeezed Between the Gunshots and the Gentrifiers": Urban Agriculture in Philadelphia's Kensington Neighborhood 20 4:20 PM
Presenter Rebecca Croog*, Temple University, Historicizing anti-racist interventions into urban farming: A preliminary framework for conducting a historical geography of food growing and race in Philadelphia 20 4:40 PM

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