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Venezuela’s US Embassy releases report on urban agriculture in Venezuela

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Unidad de Producción en el Centro de Caracas. Al Lado Del Hotel Alba Caracas Funciona Una De Las Unidades. (foto: Omar Sierra)

Urban agriculture is one of the strategies promoted by the government of President Hugo Chavez to increase food supply, combat poverty, recover urban spaces and reduce environmental effects caused by the use of agrochemicals.

Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the U.S.
TECHNICAL: Urban agriculture in Venezuela
August 2012 (in Spanish)

Excerpts:

Food Sovereignty is the “power of states to define their own agricultural and food policies according to objectives of sustainable development and food security” – La Via Campesina, 1996

Achievements (translated by Google)

With a total investment of USD 44 billion by the national government, now in Venezuela, is produced at a low cost and nationwide: onion, sweet pepper, leek, basil, celery, eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, cilantro, lettuce, tomato, radish, beets and green beans in spaces promoted by urban agriculture. By July 2012, there were 26,296 agricultural production units (UPA) from home gardens, community, institutional and school, in 10 states of the country prioritized (Anzoategui, Aragua, Carabobo, Distrito Capital, Lara, Miranda, Monagas, Tachira, Vargas and Zulia), rising food production of 457.9 tonnes in 2009-6340 201,216 tons in May.

Also, thanks to this food policy and agricultural production, food consumption increased by 25% over the past 12 years, going from 396.39 kilos of feed consumed per person a year in 1999 to 499.76 kilos per 201017 person.

In Venezuela, the Bolivarian government has a social vision of food: there are good and access is a fundamental human right. That is why we have adopted policies of independence and providing food justice global food crisis scenarios and the use of food as a political weapon by opposition sectors (hoarding, smuggling, speculation). Thus, urban agriculture has become a tool of food sovereignty is becoming popular in Venezuela and that strengthen the family and the community.

See the complete bulletin here.

See more on Venezuela’s urban agriculture here.