Urban mushroom farming

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 02 October 2022 00:18

Description of the innovative solution

Circular economy Indoor farming Urban farming Waste Agricultural development Diet diversity Food biodiversity Urban planning

Mushrooms provide a wide range of nutritional benefits and are environmentally friendly crops. However, mushroom production remains largely untapped. This innovation proposes to diversify and increase the production of mushrooms. Mushrooms grow rapidly and yield high returns. Growing houses can be very simply made at low cost, using low tech methods, on small plots of land. The substrate to grow mushrooms can be made of waste material. For instance, oyster mushrooms can grow on cottonseed hulls, cocoa hulls, banana leaves, spend grains, coffee waste or straw. Shiitake mushrooms grow well on many different woods and forest waste materials. Once the mushroom harvest is over, the spent mushroom substrate has all the nutrients, protein, and medicinal compounds found in the mushrooms themselves. It can be used as compost for other plant or vegetable crops.

Supply chain segment

Agricultural inputs and primary production practices

Maturity level

Moving to scale


Food availability Water use Soil health Increasing agrobiodiversity

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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India's Mushroom Production Potential Review
Impact asssessment or evaluation
A review summarizing the potential of mushroom production in India and potential effects on the rural economy and women's empowerment.
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