Lack of space and urbanisation are no longer hindrances to farming. Urban dwellers can grow healthy vegetables in their little corners.

This means that almost everyone can practice organic farming and have more access to healthy food.

The Chairman, Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), Lagos State Chapter, Dr Oluwatosin Adu, spoke about this at a seminar on “ Organic, Urban and Sustainable Farming’’ organised in collaboration with Grow West Africa Biointensive.

“We want to say that in your own little corner, you can grow what you eat.

“Even if you are living in a room apartment, you can have a small space where you can grow little vegetables.

“Our aim is to promote adequate nutrition and inform people on how to eat well.

“This is because nutrition is the bedrock of health, the bedrock of development; when we tell people to eat well, we show them how to eat well,” he said.

The chairman called on Nigerians to embrace organic urban farming to promote food security.

“When you own your garden, you can control what you put in it and what goes out, unlike the ones you get from market which you do not know how they were grown,” he said.

An organic farmer and Chief Executive Officer of Grow West Africa Biointensive Ghana and Nigeria, Abosede Benedict, defined organic urban farming as growing foods naturally in any available space.

“Organic farming is a system where the ecology, microorganisms in the soil and environment are not affected through the use of chemicals such as inorganic fertilisers and pesticides.

“Urban farming ensures that farming is not necessarily done on a farmland but on any available space in and around the home.

“Our advocacy is on people growing foods themselves and not relying on buying food outside because it has many nutritional and economic advantages.

“We can all do something no matter the space or area we live; even if it is cucumber that you can grow, so far it is organic and fresh, it is healthier,” she said.