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Urban Agriculture projects at Global Giving

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Organic Urban Agriculture in Quito, Ecuador

If we can plant orchards, build greenhouses and wormeries, buy seedlings, and train people though workshops, we can enable people to provide for and feed themselves and their children.

26% of Ecuador’s children under 5 suffer from malnourishment. Since 2000, the cost of food in Ecuador increased dramatically. It’s cheaper to buy a Peruvian potato than to produce it.

The result: Thousands of peasants leaving their lands to find jobs in cities.This project activates the local government, private sector, and communities horizontally. Based on the microfinance principle of solidarity groups, communitarian organic orchards activate a “clan” organization inherent to their culture.

See the project details here.

Capacity Building: Urban Farming And Gardening – South Africa

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Activities include urban agriculture and horticulture training, resource distribution, implementation of gardens, follow-up training and support. The schools program includes teacher training, on-ground implementation and materials development.

The project targets individuals (mostly unemployed women) living in South Africa’s poverty-stricken Cape Flats townships. The project also works with teachers at township schools. People living in the densely populated Cape Flats experience high unemployment (50-90%), hunger, environmental degradation, lack of education and skills, a high HIV/AIDS infection rate and limited resources. Teachers in impoverished schools lack relevant teaching resources, and desperately require further training.

See the project details here.

Help Families Grow Food In Urban Farms, Mexico

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They work in 5 large settlements in the southern area of Mexico City where poverty is predominant. People are earning less than the minimum wage. Poverty has increased as a result of NAFTA free trade. Since last year the price of food and fuel has been increased daily and people are finding it hard to have affordable and reliable sources of food. This project will provide fresh food to approximately 644 people.

El Molino will work with 5 groups on organic farms in shared spaces, rooftops, balconies and gardens. They will build plant-beds, irrigation systems and compost units to grow food.

See the project details here.

Provide Agriculture Training For Bolivian Children

The project will build an animal farm at the Santiago community high school in Arampampa, Bolivia. Agricultural certification will improve nutrition, food security, job skills and local development.

The project will empower students and community members to manage small animal farming, produce meat, eggs and milk, and transform products like milk into cheese. The products are needed to improve malnourishment in the school children (about 50% are severely malnourished). The technical training will improve local economic development in an area where agriculture is the primary economic output by enhancing output and employability while ensuring increased food security at the family level.

See the project details here.