Tackling the Sprawl, Protecting the Parcels: An Insight into the Community’s Preference on Peri-urban Agricultural Preservation

By Dimas Wisnu Adrianto, Baiq Rindang Aprildahani and Aris Subagiyo.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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The stream of sustainable city-region pinpoints the need to build an enhanced life support system. It is a call for the agriculture to provide adequate foods for the current and future generations. Meanwhile, the challenge to endure agriculture within the facets of urban sprawl is prevalent. This paper aims to investigate opportunities to preserve peri-urban agriculture in the so-called “planning’s last frontier,” a term describing the complexities to plan urban outskirts. The study presents a case study of Malang, one of the vast growing regions in Indonesia. The growth of urban centres created a centrifugal force, resulting in a leapfrog development towards the outskirts, causing the loss of 7.28% of the prime agricultural lands in the last decade. Planning failed to regulate private sectors in dominating land acquisitions and further control the sprawl due to policy mismatches. The agro-economic setbacks triggered landowners to surrender their parcels while socio-agricultural traditions fade away, following the influx of modernization. Incorporating the multivariate factor analysis, this research revealed the influencing factors underlying the community’s preference on peri-urban agricultural preservation. The result shows that the ability of peri-urban agriculture to accommodate self-provision of food, and the opportunity for a better income generation is the most prominent motivation for them to stay engaged in farming.

Keywords: Community’s Preference, Peri-urban Agriculture, Sprawl

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.115-125. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 424.305KB).

Dimas Wisnu Adrianto

Research and Teaching Staff/Head of Laboratory for Regional Studies, The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia, Malang, East Java, Indonesia

Dimas Wisnu Adrianto is research and teaching staff with special interests in the topics of regional planning, environmental management and sustainable development. Dimas is acting as the head of the Laboratory for Regional Studies in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Engineering in Universitas Brawijaya, expanding educational partners for research and academic development. Educational background: Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia); Master of Engineering in the field of Regional Planning (Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia); Master of Environmental Management in the field of Sustainable Development (The University of Queensland, Australia). Dimas is a member of the Indonesian Association of Planners, a consultant/practitioner of urban and regional planning for Indonesian Cities, and is currently planning for cities in the eastern parts of Indonesia.

Baiq Rindang Aprildahani

Research Assistant, The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia, Malang, East Java, Indonesia

Baiq Rindang Aprildahani is a research assistant at the Laboratory for Regional Studies in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning in the Faculty of Engineering at Universitas Brawijaya Indonesia. Baiq is an undergraduate scholar in urban and regional planning with research interests in the fields of regional planning, environmental planning and management, land conservation and community planning.

Aris Subagiyo

Research and Teaching Staff, The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia, Malang, East Java, Indonesia

Aris Subagiyo is research and teaching staff in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning in the Faculty of Engineering at Universitas Brawijaya Indonesia. Aris is a member of the Indonesian Association of Planners and a consultant of urban and regional planning for Indonesian Cities. Educational background: Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Urban and Regional Planning (Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia); Master of Engineering in the field of Urban and Regional Planning (Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia). Research interests: Regional Planning, Urban & Regional Economic structures, Rural-urban linkages.