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Description of the innovative solution

Indoor farming Urban farming Precision agriculture Sensors Urban planning Agricultural development Closing nutrient loop

Growing food in densely populated areas is a challenge. Compact, space-saving techniques are needed to produce food in limited-space environments. This innovation presents aeroponics as a method to grow plants in limited-space environments, mostly indoors. Aeroponics suspends plants in a closed or semi-closed setting and sprays nutrient-rich water on the exposed roots of the plants, which contrasts from the steady water supply of hydroponics or the soil used in conventional plant growth. The most extensive application of aeroponics to date has been in the production of tomatoes, kale, and other fruit and vegetable crops that don’t require a large landmass to grow (ie. grains). Aeroponics in general has a high potential to increase the affordability and availability fresh produce and vegetable products, significantly shortening the supply chain and in turn improving urban community access to these foods.

Supply chain segment

Agricultural inputs and primary production practices

Maturity level



Food availability Food affordability Climate adaptation Water use

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities


Urban Peri-urban

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Progressive Plant Growing is a Blooming Business
News article, popular press or blog post
This article discusses the efficiency and other advantages of aeroponics compared to the traditional method of farming.
Overview and advantages of aeroponics
Scientific paper
Paper providing an overview of key components of aeroponic agriculture, with brief coverage of the advantages of this system.
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Article covering AeroFarm's impact.
News article, popular press or blog post
Article by The Guardian investigating the potential of aeroponics and the impacts of AeroFarms.
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Profile on Neoponics startup
News article, popular press or blog post
Article covering the origins and development of Neoponics, providing helpful insights into the business of aeroponics and future expansion.
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