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Indonesia: Urban farms could accommodate street children


Jakarta deputy governor hopeful Sandiaga Uno holds up a shoe during the third and final official election debate at Bidakara Hotel in South Jakarta on Friday. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Deputy governor hopeful Sandiaga Uno has pledged to address the problems surrounding street children in the capital by, for example, developing urban farms that he said could employ street children.

By Indra Budiari
The Jakarta Post
February 11, 2017

Excerpt:

Sandiaga said that the large number of street children in the capital was a serious issue so that he and Anies Baswedan, who is running for governor, had prepared several plans to address the matter should they be elected.

“As we know, groceries are quite expensive. If the children could grow, let’s say, chili, they could earn a good income in a positive way,” the businessman-turn-politician said recently.

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D.C.’s Urban Farms Wrestle with Gentrification and Displacement

Urban farmers often hold high-minded ideals about food justice and access; they’re also often unwitting vehicles for driving out communities of color.

By Brian Massey
Civil Eats
Feb 27, 2017

Excerpt:

“Everybody—wherever you go, no matter the educational background—sees what’s going on,” Xavier Brown told me. Brown is the founder of Soilful City, an urban agriculture organization in D.C. with the justice-centered mission of healing “the sacred relationship between communities of African descent and Mother Earth.”

Last year, I managed an eight-year-old urban farm in the neighborhood of LeDroit Park. LeDroit is just down the hill from Howard University and next to the super-hip neighborhoods of Shaw and Bloomingdale. The farm itself is surrounded by public housing, Howard dorms, and renovated row houses selling for over $800,000.

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