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Urban Agriculture in Bogota, Columbia


We wanted to create projects to build a social network, by creating urban gardens. There are currently about 25 gardens in that area.

Bogota Post
July 31


Maria Elena Villamil, born and raised in the Perseverancia barrio, owns an urban farm where she has been growing her own fruit and vegetables for the past eight years. “I did two years of training with SENA in urban agriculture to better understand how I could grow and produce here. We couldn’t grow in the soil, there’s a really old cypress tree that was stealing all the nutrients, so we created raised beds.”

“We grow crops that are traditional to the Sabana de Bogota, during the past eight years that’s been a total of 80 different crops. I’ve grown 15 types of lettuce, eight types of potatoes, four types of corn, three types of celery, six types of tomatoes… we change each year,” she explains.

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August 7, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture in Bogota, Columbia

Costa Rica: Family orchards to reduce carbon footprint


In the backyard of the company owner various products are grown, including chilli, celery, basil, lettuce, cilantro, chives, mustard, tomato, oregano and lavender, among others.

Source: La República

“Urban agriculture systems offer a practical way to grow frequently consumed vegetables, helping promote food security and proper nutrition,” said Alex Pacheco, head of the Demo Farm of Peri-urban Agriculture of Earth University.

The advantages of the system range from making it possible to obtain fresh, healthy food, to reducing expenditure, allowing for better family integration and boosting local economies through entrepreneurship.

An example of this is the company called Hidroponías La Ribera, based in Heredia, which supplies everything necessary to anyone interested in growing hydroponic plants.

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FAO: Urban and peri-urban agriculture: the way forward for a zero hunger world


FAO Examples in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean Regions

By Ms Isabel Denis
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
11 May 2015


With a growing population estimate to more than 9 billion by 2050 and the growing of the cities estimate to 3,5 billion by 2025, the urban world will have to face challenges and opportunities. 85% of poor people in Latin America and around 50% in Africa and Asia will be concentrate in cities. In many developing countries, urban grow is link with the hope for rural populations to escape hunger, unemployment and insecurity.

They spend most of their income to feed themselves and suffer malnutrition, even at a higher grade than in rural areas, and 30% of them are unemployed. The vulnerable populations socially excluded, generally young and unemployed are a “new bomb” and source of global insecurity which constitute a challenge for the governments to solve.

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June 13, 2015   Comments Off on FAO: Urban and peri-urban agriculture: the way forward for a zero hunger world

Community Gardens in São Paulo, Brazil


Conheça 6 hortas comunitárias espalhadas por São Paulo

By Marcia Sousa
27 de Abril de 2015


As hortas comunitárias estão invadindo as cidades. Com muita disposição e vontade de “fazer a diferença”, muitas pessoas têm dedicado tempo e suor para colocar literalmente a mão na massa. O CicloVivo separou 6 iniciativas espalhadas pela cidade.

Horta da Vila Indiana

Localizada em uma praça entre as ruas Souza Reis e Corinto, está a horta comunitária da Vila Indiana – bairro do Butantã, próximo à Cidade Universitária. Com extensão modesta, ela também é conhecida como “Hortinha do Kiko”, em homenagem a um morador querido da região.

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Shanghai’s Green Ring Generates Half of The City’s Food


Update May 2015 – RUAF – Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security

This RUAF Update informs you about our latest activities including:

Ongoing activities:
• CITYFOOD network
• Milan Urban Food Policy Pact
• CityFoodTools workshop on city region food system assessment
• Role of urban agriculture in working with refugees in Jordan
• WABEF: using slaughterhouse waste for bio-energy production
• Successful course on Food Security in an Urbanising Society
• Young Expert Programme

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FAO Representative in Venezuela Highlights Urban Farming Initiatives

FAO representative for Venezuela, Marcelo Resende (Photo: Miguel Romero)

Urban agriculture educates and create consciousness about food safety and production, and that is vital.

By Marcelo Resende & Vanessa Davies – Correo Del Orinoco
February 25th 2015


In regards to urban farming, you know that many people laughed at President Chavez when he suggested vertical hen houses? Do you really think urban farming is a viable option in Venezuela?

The Venezuelan government has a good vision for the future. Many would think that Venezuelans have no need for urban agriculture, because there is plenty of land to sow. But from a futuristic perspective, society’s great challenge lies in the city. Cuba has provided a great example for urban farming. They are creating agricultural policies within the city, which awakens consciousness and vocation for production. The FAO along with the [agricultural] ministry is developing the project with through training. With urban farming we can take on other elements of food safety, such as obesity. Without a doubt, urban farming creates a new culture around agricultural production- of coexistence with the earth, the seed, and [cycles of] production. Even if it doesn’t have a huge impact on the economy, it is a social program that motivates, organizes, and promotes a relationship between people and cultivation.

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Update 23 – Resource Centre /Urban Agriculture/Food Security (RUAF)


RUAF Update 23 – Feb 2015


Ongoing activities
• GROW the City Cafés in the Netherlands
• UA Enterprise development in India
• Promoting market oriented urban agriculture in Gaza
• Urban food mapping and WASH in Burkina Faso and Ghana
• WASH progress in Nepal and Bangladesh and the World Water Day

New projects
• Urban Green Education for Enterprising Agricultural Innovation
• Support to the City of Milan and other cities in urban food planning
• Developing tools for mapping and assessing sustainable city region food systems
• Supporting enterprises for urban waste recycling for food production

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Urban farming in Tijuana for deportees

Deportee Roberto Marquez helps with the Bordofarms project. Photo by Alejandro Tamayo.

52-year-old Roberto Márquez, said he was deported in June after living in the United States for 48 years, where he held jobs in landscaping and farming, but eventually was convicted of drug charges.

By Sandra Dibble
U-T Santiago
JAN. 17, 2015


TIJUANA — It was an act of civil disobedience, carried out on federal land off a busy Tijuana thoroughfare in broad daylight. For hours on Saturday, volunteers built boxes, carted dirt and planted seedlings in what organizers say is the first step in an urban farming project aimed at addressing the issue of homeless U.S. deportees.

“These people want to work but nobody hires them, they have absolutely nothing,” said Miguel Marshall, 28, a member of Global Shapers Tijuana Hub, part of a World Economic Forum initiative that encourages young people around the world to come up with projects that address problems in their communities.

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Theatre and organic gardening come together in Santiago, Chile

Gabriel teaches how to sow seeds. Colectivo Sustento market day 2013.

Establish an organic garden in two of the centres: San Bernardo and Calera de Tango

By Penelope Glass


Because theatre is not all we do. Colectivo Sustento’s work outside the prison is a constant development towards self-sustainability through organic gardening, community garden initiatives and networking. Through this work Gabriel, ex Fénix & Ilusiones, has been trained in organic agriculture for 2 years (thanks to the CSA* Farm Huellas Verdes). He is our garden expert, who coordinates the Sustento garden, and runs workshops at our market days and in community settings. He is the logical choice to run community garden workshops in the juvenile centres.

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December 18, 2014   Comments Off on Theatre and organic gardening come together in Santiago, Chile

Haiti: FONDAMA Yard Garden Program

Papaya, plantains and squash produced by yard garden participants. Yard Garden celebration in Leodiague, Hinche. 2011.

In Haiti, a Yard Garden program is helping families and individuals to make real change in the area surrounding their homes.

By Dawn Berkelaar, with Mark Hare
ECHO Development Notes
July 2014


“The Yard Garden program is not about making huge changes in people’s lives. It is about making small, daily changes that are consistent, persistent and positive, without being intrusive. The program is about helping people recognize the power they have to learn to do something useful with what they already have at hand, and about sharing their knowledge with the people around them. It is also about learning to celebrate the small successes, while praying and strug- gling for the big ones.”

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A Documentary: Microgardens in Colombia (Bogota and Medellin) with internally displaced people

Otros Mundos (Documental agricultura urbana)

In Spanish
25 minutes

Documental sobre propuestas de agricultura urbana en las ciudades de Bogotá y Medellín, coproducido por la FAO y Post-office Cowboys, 2007.­os


Oficina Regional de la FAO para América Latina y el Caribe
Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3241, Vitacura, Stgo. – Chile

July 4, 2014   Comments Off on A Documentary: Microgardens in Colombia (Bogota and Medellin) with internally displaced people

Seminario: Agricultura Periurbana – Argentina

Huertas Colectivas Urbanos (2003) Municipio deRosario.

El Programa Agricultura Urbana es una instancia de trabajo colectivo entre agentes del ámbito público y privado que opera en los límites de la urbe Rosarina y ha cambiado la cara de algunas zonas de la ciudad, antiguamente abandonadas y sin planes de uso de su suelo.

Profesora: Dra. Ada Svetlitza de Nemirovsky Estudiante: Lic. Prof. Juan Pablo Sarjanovich
Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales


Comenzaron siendo unos 800 huerteros. En baldíos y hasta en patios armaban su huerta. Hoy ya mejor organizados cuentan con unos 100 espacios de distintas magnitudes, algunos de varias hectáreas como los casos de Circunvalación y Ayacucho o Circunvalación y Lamadrid. Los espacios los trabajan de manera individual no colectiva y pueden llegar a ser de hasta media hectárea. Todos se encuentran en la periferia de la ciudad, en su mayoría en los alrededores de los viejos límites de la ciudad, osea el anillo que demarca la avenida Circunvalación. Así es que están ganado un enorme espacio en la zona de la autovía Circunvalación, frente al terreno de Servicios Portuarios s.a. Allí montaron un emprendimiento que está en plan piloto y que consta de varias huertas a lo largo de 5 kms de la colectora de dicha autovía.

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Urban agriculture in Mexico City

‘Floating gardens’ or chinampas of Xochimilco.

Returning to the cultural roots of the city

By Devon G. Peña
March 1 issue Mexico City daily, Excelsior
March 9, 2014


Hegel Cortés highlighted the involvement of children in the care of urban gardens, whom they have named guardianes agroalimentarios (agri-food guardians) to promote the culture of care for the environment, responsible consumption, and self-production of food. The same occurs with older adults as they follow suit, said the head of SEDEREC, and discover that the gardens are a productive distraction that improves your mood and provides a living space for conviviality.

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Agricultura Urbana y Periurbana como herramienta para la seguridad alimentaria y el desarrollo municipal

Image from: Urban Agriculture in Cuba (Photo Essay) by Noah Friedman-Rudovsky.

Inicio y término del curso: Desde el 7 de Abril hasta el 29 de Junio 2014

El curso aporta toda la experiencia acumulada en la FAO para la formación de capacidades al interior de las instituciones públicas para la formulación y ejecución de programas integrales de agricultura urbana y periurbana y seguridad alimentaria y nutricional en los municipios de la región.

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Indoor mini-farms to beat climate change in Trinidad

Industrial engineer Ancel Bhagwandeen developed a hydroponic system that “leverages the nanoclimates in houses so that the house effectively protects the produce the same way it protects us.”

“Our future as a people is based more and more on city living and in order for that to be sustainable, we need to have city farming at a family level.”

By Jewel Fraser
Caribbean 360
Feb 28, 2014


PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday February 27, 2014 IPS – Industrial engineer Ancel Bhagwandeen thinks that growing your food indoors is a great way to protect crops from the stresses of climate change. So he developed a hydroponic system that “leverages the nanoclimates in houses so that the house effectively protects the produce the same way it protects us,” he says. Bhagwandeen told IPS that his hydroponic project was also developed “to leverage the growth of the urban landscape and high-density housing, so that by growing your own food at home, you mitigate the cost of food prices.”

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March 7, 2014   Comments Off on Indoor mini-farms to beat climate change in Trinidad