Urban agriculture in Istanbul : the road to food security and sustainability
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- Master's theses (IPM) 
As the world is facing urbanization at full speed and as food systems become more globally entangled leaving consumers at the mercy of markets and conventional products, urban agriculture attracts more attention and offers new opportunities to urban residents to handle their food systems. With its ability to secure food for populations, generate income, sustain urban ecosystems and create livable communities, urban agriculture is praised increasingly in different parts of the world, and urban residents more and more grasp their chance of obtaining their right to food. The present research intends to reveal the potentials of urban agriculture for cities which are facing global and local challenges, and it aims to discover new opportunities for urban residents who desire to include urban agricultural activities in their urban lifestyles. In order to do that, the study looks at the case of Istanbul, more specifically a local urban agriculture initiative which is established with the aim of bringing food production and urban residents together. The research explores how it is possible to start, conduct and finalize an urban agriculture project within the confines of an urban apartment, and it intends to reveal the possibilities and hindrances faced during the process while formulating ideas for future examples. Results indicate that urban agriculture within an apartment context is possible to bring aspects of urban agriculture to reality, and shows how people can find a way to install urban agriculture into their urban backgrounds. The research illustrates that cities can welcome urban agriculture with ease, but also indicates that much help, planning and effort is needed to implement projects and to receive beneficial outcomes.