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As hunger stalks Venezuela, government encourages city-dwellers to start planting

venxSenior citizens in Caracas, Venezuela, get a lesson on urban agriculture. As the nation finds itself in a food crisis, the government is urging city-dwellers to plant fruits and vegetables. Jim Wyss Miami Herald.

The Ministry of Urban Agriculture was created this year – Inflation, hoarding reflected on dinner tables – Only 54 percent of people report eating three meals a day

By Jim Wyss
Miami Herald
May 23, 2016

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Caracas, Venezuela: On a recent weekday, just a few miles from where the government was holding military exercises preparing for a foreign invasion, about a dozen senior citizens were gathered in a classroom learning about another war-time innovation.

“Vertical gardens were pioneered during World War II,” a teacher said as he instructed them on how to turn plastic bottles into planters that could be hung on a wall or balcony. “We need to take advantage of every space possible.”

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Common Roots Urban Farm Bringing Fresh Produce to Buffalo’s East Side

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Common Roots also offers an Agriculture Farm Share program for those who want to pay one price in advance for the season’s produce.

By LaMonica Peters
Cable News Buffalo
Sunday, May 22, 2016

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“I think this area in particular, there’s not a lot of food available, fresh local food,” she said. “A lot of people in this community are low income. Not everybody drives, there are a lot seniors. People aren’t able to go far out to get what they need.”

One of the main crops at the Common Roots Urban Farm are peas. They’re planted in April and they’ll grow up a trellis and be harvested by June.

“We grow over 35 different varieties of vegetables,” Dumas said. “We did add some grapes last year and some raspberries. We have a small fruit orchard that’ll be producing in a few years.”

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Malaysia: Millennials flee the city to get hands dirty as farmers

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Alicia Koh and Loi Meishy belong to a new generation of farmers who have left the big cities for a life on the land. (Photo: Ray Yeh)

About two years ago, Ms Koh decided to give up her work in Singapore and “just moved to Malaysia” to pursue farm work full-time.

By Ray Yeh
A Channel News
23 May 2016

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PENANG: When she graduated from the University of Science, Malaysia with a degree in special education, instead of embarking on a career in the classroom, Loi Meishy packed up her things and moved out of the city.

On the outskirts of Penang Island, on a small plot of land leased from the state government, Ms Loi began a new life in 2013 with two friends who got tired of the rat race, and “wanted to try something new”.

That “something new” involved trading their polished shoes for work boots and getting their hands dirty: Organic farming.

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