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Portugal: Lisbon develops urban farming as part of its anti-crisis strategy

The city plans on expanding the green space available for farming by converting a six hectares swamp into a large urban farm dedicated to the formation of unemployed inhabitants.

By Luc Berman
New Europe
June 8, 2015

Excerpt:

About five hundred families are currently managing and eating from the vegetables and fruits they harvested from their green plot. By 2017, the city aims at doubling the number of families benefitting from this program by transforming a few of the 25 hectares of green spaces still available in the city.

Garden lots are distributed in priority to unemployed inhabitants and people living in social housings. These little farms allow them to eat better and improve their living conditions despite an insufficient income. It also serves the role of recreative activity for many of the urban farmers.

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