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Venezuelan Government and Communities See Urban Agriculture Increasing


Urban agriculture in Caracas (Patriagrande).

President Hugo Chavez approved a further Bs 97.6 million (US$ 22.7 million) to support urban agriculture.

By Tamara Pearson
Venezuelanalysis.com
Mérida, May 9th 2012

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Venezuelan Vice-president and minister for land and agriculture, Elias Jaua, said over the weekend that the program is also aiming to create 21,000 more productive units dedicated to urban agriculture this year, as well as 125 greenhouses, 44 nurseries, 16 artisanal seed units for producing certified seeds, 6 organic fertiliser units, and 40 aquaculture (water farming) units. So far, 19,000 urban agriculture units have been constructed, and these include family, community, and school gardens.

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Quantifying Urban Agriculture Impacts, One Tomato at a Time


Kay Nielsen- Felicia; or, The Pot of Pinks -The Hen Tells Her Story.

Community gardens and urban food production should become a priority for green infrastructure development.

By Peleg Kremer
Triple Pundit
May 10th, 2012
Peleg Kremer is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School. Her research focuses on urban social-ecological systems, ecosystem service and urban food systems and she teaches at the New School’s Environmental Studies program.

Excerpt:

With all this activity and much more that is happening all across the U.S., we still know little about many dimensions of urban agriculture such as their capacity to produce food and provide other important ecological and cultural services. On the food production front there is some good news. New efforts to measure and estimate production in community gardens are starting to develop. An early effort in 2009 by UPenn professors Vitello and Narin resulted in a methodology that prompts urban gardeners to weigh their produce.

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