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Amid economic hard times, Venezuelans turn to city farming

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A woman works in an urban garden in the rooftop of a building in Caracas, Venezuela July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso. See 13 photos and video after link.

Those on the ground in Venezuela doubt they will resolve all their country’s food problems, but at least want to contribute to a more nutritious diet.

By Diego Ore
Caracas
Reuters
Aug 4, 2016

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In the first data on the new push, Maduro’s government boasts that in the last three months, some 135,000 Venezuelans have produced 273 tonnes of vegetables, fruits and herbs in urban settings.

The production seems well short of this year’s goal of 3,500 tonnes, but some participants are enthusiastic.

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Rooftop farming on rise in Kathmandu

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Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Environment Management division has been pushing to expand rooftop farming in the Valley.

By Shraddha Amatya
My Republica
August 2, 2016

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“The uncontrolled and rapid urbanization puts a lot of strain on of the Valley’s environmental, ground water, land and its capacity to manage wastes,” said Sanu Maya Maharjan, section officer at the KMC Environment Management Division said. “Using rooftops to grow vegetables could prove a viable alternative to supplement vegetables supply in the Valley.”

“The demand for taking the training on rooftop farming has been growing consistently. But we have not been allocate enough time for it,” said Maharjan.

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