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Marcos Victorino’s mobile garden project in Sao Paulo, Brazil

marc1smPhoto by Marcos Victorino. Click on image to see larger file.

Ten different models are in operation in urban locations such as rooftops, school yards and parking structures.

By Marcos Victorino
January 2013

For over 30 years Agro Engineer Marcos Victorino has been developing technologies for urban agriculture projects in Brazil. With the increase of population in urban areas, few spaces available for deployment of gardens in new buildings, there is a need to create new technologies that fit in to urban structures. As there is little land vacant in big cities, the engineer developed an research project using roof tiles in order to assemble beds that are suspended.

The project is now success and ten different models are in operation in urban locations such as rooftops, school yards and parking structures.

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January 5, 2013   1 Comment

Construction of Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Maringá, PR, Brazil

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We have nearly 30 community gardens now

By Fernando Rodrigues Neto
Engenheiro Agrônomo – CREA PR – 116837/D
CERAUP/UEM (0xx44) 9976 6293

The city of Maringá – PR is an attractive centre of business, studies and industry, as well as agribusiness of soy, corn and other grains, being famous by its wooded streets and the nickname of Cidade Canção – City Song. This welcoming city with nearly 351 thousand urban inhabitants offers high quality of life by means of socio-environmental projects that includes the Program Healthy Maringá – Programa Maringá Saudável – focused on health promotion habits, allying physical exercises practice in more than 40 GSC – Gyms for Senior Citizens, medical monitoring, and assurance of food and nutrition security with the access to vegetables grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides in community gardens located throughout the city. In support of these actions the urban agriculture has gained strength with the partnership envolving Maringá City Hall, MDS – Ministry of Social Development and Hunger Alleviation, and UEM – Maringá State University, started in 2008 with the project written and approved in accordance with the requirements of the announcement MDS/SESAN 05/2008.

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June 16, 2012   Comments Off

IFOAM’s Advocacy Manager in Brazil: Urban Agriculture against Poverty

Robert Jordan: Advocacy Manager of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) visits a rooftop program

Robert Jordan is the Advocacy Manager of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM). In this interview he visits a favela in Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, to interact with the pioneers of organic urban rooftop gardening in Brazil.

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June 16, 2012   Comments Off

Urban agriculture in Brazil’s favelas

A community urban garden project in Zona Leste. Photo © ONG Organização Cidades sem Fome.

Deep in the heart of favela (shanty town) communities in the metropolis of Sao Paulo, Brazil, seeds of transformation are beginning to sprout

Positive News
Mar 27, 2012


Established in 2004 by local social entrepreneur Hans Dieter Temp, an organisation called Cidades sem Fome (Cities Without Hunger) is working to reduce hunger and joblessness among some of the most economically deprived areas of Sao Paulo, through urban agriculture.

Local community members are given the tools and training to start producing fruit and vegetables on unused land acquired by the organisation. This not only brings much needed quality produce and food security to the community, but it is also addressing the issue of unemployment – a constant problem in Brazil’s favelas.

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March 29, 2012   Comments Off

Claudio Oliver: Urban Farmer in Brazil

The day in the life of an urban farmer in Brazil

By Shanne Claiborne
The Simple Way
A Ghetto Hippies Production
December 2011

An urban homestead in Brazil. Goats, rabbits, chickens, grinding coffee, making peanut oil, sun drying tomatoes, making soap.

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December 19, 2011   1 Comment

São Paulo, Brazil – Cities Without Hunger – With employment and income, it all begins in a garden.


Already 13 gardens, 665 persons with direct benefit, 2,660 persons with indirect benefit, 48 professional training courses taught.

São Paulo, a superlative metropolis, boasting impressive numbers revealing of its grandeur, riches, and differences too. A city that together with other 38 municipalities forms the so-called Greater São Paulo, awarding it the title of the world’s fourth largest conurbation, with 19 million inhabitants, while São Paulo city alone is home to eleven million people.

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January 4, 2009   Comments Off

House-lot gardens in Santarém, Pará, Brazil: Linking rural with urban


By Antoinette M.G.A. WinklerPrins (Assistant Professor)
In Urban Ecosystems Volume 6, Numbers 1-2 / March, 2002

Abstract: “The division between rural and urban sectors of the landscape in many parts of the world is increasingly blurred. House-lot or homegardens offer a perspective on understanding rural-urban linkages since they are frequently a landscape feature in both settings and the exchanges of their products link the two. House-lot gardens are an under-researched component of the agricultural repertoires of smallholders in many parts of the world. Urban house-lot gardens in particular, have until recently not received much attention despite their critical importance to urban livelihoods.

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May 4, 2008   Comments Off

Cities Without Hunger – Community Gardens: São Paulo, Brazil


“São Paulo, the capital city of the state of São Paulo (Brazil) and its metropolitan region are home to the world’s third largest urban population, with 19,385,332 inhabitants, only trailing behind Tokyo and Mexico City.”

“The area where our project holds a regularized, 100,000-square-meter (10 sq. ha.) arable plot – technically fit for the production of vegetables, greens, grains, fruit and medicinal herbs – is delimited by the districts of Terceira Divisão, Bandeirantes, Jardim Laranjeiras, Recanto and Pernambuco, whose population is formed mostly of migrants from Brazil’s poorer northeastern states in search of job opportunity and better living conditions.”

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January 13, 2008   Comments Off