What food miles? KLCC grows its own with new rooftop farm

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 Alan Pryor, General Manager of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre gleefully harvests the first batch of salads grown on the venue’s rooftop while Liz Jasri, Director of The Green Attap looks on Alan Pryor, General Manager of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre gleefully harvests the first batch of salads grown on the venue’s rooftop while Liz Jasri, Director of The Green Attap looks on Photo Credit: Image supplied KLCC

One of Asia’s most iconic convention centres has taken the campaign to reduce food miles to its logical conclusion by growing its own vegetables – on the roof!

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre), has celebrated the first harvest of its hydroponic farm - a bumper crop of lettuce, of various types.

The Centre, partnered with The Green Attap, an urban farming company based in Kuala Lumpur, to run and maintain the soilless farm on its rooftop. 

Green Attap was founded by two single mothers to provide pesticide-free food for children.

“Green Attap is the perfect partner to help us with this initiative as we are aligned in our sustainable goals and vision,” said Alan Pryor, general manager of the Centre. “We have a taskforce that constantly looks for ways to maximise our efforts in reducing our carbon footprint, addressing the impacts of climate change. As part of that, the farm on our rooftop is our latest roll-out and we have been looking forward to the first harvest and to bring these fresh, pesticide-free vegetables from our rooftop directly to delegates’ plates.”

Food security is a growing concern as pesticide-reliant contemporary agriculture loses popularity amongst health and environment-conscious consumers.

Urban farming is mushrooming in the nooks and corners of cities with private and commercially owned buildings being transformed into sustainable agricultural spaces.

Hisham Jaafar, executive chef of the Centre, said: “We want to know where our food comes from, how it is grown and cared for, the welfare of the farming community, and the integrity of the entire supply chain. As a leading business events player, we want to provide the thousands of people meeting at our venue daily with healthy food that is free from pesticide.”

James Lancaster
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AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.

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