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45 Cities Will Sign Urban Food Policy Pact on World Food Day in Milan

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The pact will address the potential of cities to contribute to food security through urban agriculture

By Danielle Nierenberg
About Health
July 10, 2015

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Urban agriculture is a central goal of the Urban Food Policy Pact (UFPP). “In many urban areas of developing countries the possibility to grow food within the city is a way to improve food security and income of the population, especially women,” says Baruffi. “The metropolitan area of Milan includes a large agricultural area cultivated mostly with cereals for livestock feed. A few years ago, encouraged by purchasing groups and vegetable sharing schemes, some farmers began growing produce once again.

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Food Garden opens at United Nations Headquarters

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New York Press Release
New York, 24 July 2015

The first ever food garden on international territory has opened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York today.

Officially opened by Secretary-General’s Chef de Cabinet, Ms. Susana Malcorra, the New York City Commissioner for International Affairs, Ms. Penny Abeywardena and New York City Commissioner for Parks and Recreation, Mr. Mitchell Silver, the event also included the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, H.E. Mr. Kingsley Mamabolo, Permanent Representative of South Africa, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson.

The UN Food Garden is an initiative of a small group of UN staff who partnered with local volunteers, NYC Parks’ Green Thumb Program and Brooklyn Grange farms to transform unused land at the United Nations Headquarters complex into food gardens.

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Philippines: Manila’s 2nd Urban Agri trade show set September 5-6

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Photo shows Sofia Reyes posing with a fruiting chico in a rubberized container. Other fruit trees that can be grown in containers are guava, imported makopa, mango, Perante orange, pomelos and many others.

The event aims to provide an opportunity for the urban communities to see for themselves the possibilities of producing food right in the limited spaces in the urban setting.

By Zac Sarian
Manila Bulletin
July 29, 2015

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The event aims to provide an opportunity for the urban communities to see for themselves the possibilities of producing food right in the limited spaces in the urban setting. It also provides an opportunity for the producers to sell their produce at very reasonable prices.

Creative ways of urban farming and gardening will be showcased during the event through the exhibits of products and services of the participating companies and individuals.

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Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Announces Support for New “Ag on the Go” Program

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PA Friends of Agriculture Program Receives $20,000 Donation from Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.

“We created Ag on the Go in order to provide fun, hands-on, science-based experiments focusing on food nutrition, farming and the environment to inner city schools that typically are not served by our Mobile Agriculture Education Science Labs.”

By Mark O’Neill
Media and Strategic Communications Director
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
July 29, 2015

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Friends of Agriculture Foundation is gearing up for the start of its new “Ag on the Go” program, which targets students attending inner city schools in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and York during the 2015-2016 school year.

“We created Ag on the Go in order to provide fun, hands-on, science-based experiments focusing on food nutrition, farming and the environment to inner city schools that typically are not served by our Mobile Agriculture Education Science Labs,” said Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) President Rick Ebert, who serves as chairman of the Friends of Agriculture Foundation. “A huge benefit of the new program is that it can be especially helpful to school districts struggling with tight budgets.”

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