What is Vertical Farming?

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In a world where 870 million people go to bed hungry every night (UN, 2012), 1.4 billion people are overweight (WHO, 2008), arable land, fresh water and fertilizers are scarce it is clear that innovative solutions are needed.

Four global challenges we need to solve:

#1 Pesticide use

leading to:

Agricultural runoff

Ocean Acidification

#2 Fresh water use

80 % of all freshwater

is used in agriculture

#3 Food transport

leads to:

Significant food waste

Greenhouse gas emisions

#4 Rapid urbanization

Expected 10 billion people globally by 2050

80% urban population by 2050

Increasing demand for food in cities

Our present agricultural footprint is the size of South America


To feed the coming 3 billion people we would need an additional landmass the size of Brazil





Vertical Farming

10 Advantages of Vertical Farming:

  • Limited Agricultural Runoff


  • Year round crop production


  • Resilient to climate change


  • Uses up to 98 % less water

      compared to open field agriculture


  • Less food miles due to local production
  • Creates new green jobs


  • Promotes restoration of damaged ecosystems


  • Ideal for vacant urban spaces


  • Higher yields and faster growth rates


  • Delivers consistent, fresh and local produce

Non-profit platform for:

businesses, institutions and individuals



to facilitate the global implementation of vertical farming systems to ensure food security, food safety, green jobs, environmental protection and climate change resilience.


We encourage transparency and collaboration by mapping and promoting businesses, institutes and projects focused on vertical and urban farming.

We help standardize vertical and urban farming through our integration typology and glossary.

Help keep our life support systems green & blue

We educate through workshops and events

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