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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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March 2, 2015   Comments Off

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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February 16, 2015   Comments Off

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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January 19, 2015   Comments Off

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

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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August 16, 2014   Comments Off

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

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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April 8, 2014   Comments Off

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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March 18, 2014   Comments Off

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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March 9, 2014   Comments Off

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

Haiti: Urban Agriculture

United Nations TV

By Sandra Millar
United Nations Web TV
Dec 10, 2013
(Must see. Mike)

To tackle rising food insecurity in the wake of last year’s hurricanes and drought, several UN agencies, together with local charity groups have increased efforts to improve food supply in the country. One of the local initiatives is finding innovative ways of recycling used tires as planters, helping people grow farms in their own backyards.

January 2, 2014   Comments Off

‘Farming Inna Di City’ in Kingston, Jamaica


Farming on idle lands in the city

Mission Agency of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU)

Excerpt from their website:

Wishing to cater to the whole family and the wider community, Rev. Doreen Wynter and her team at Jones Town Baptist (along with parent congregation Bethel Baptist) decided to think outside the box and transform an abandoned housing development lot into a green space for farming in the community.

“Farming Inna Di City” is an inner-city agricultural project of the Jones Town Baptist Church in association with the Jamaica Baptist Union Mission Agency (JBUMA). The project was launched on January 28, 2010, and is a five-year project operating in two phases:

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November 18, 2013   Comments Off

Sara Granados: TED Talk ‘Memoria, identidad y huertos urbanos’

In Spanish.

‘Memory, identity and urban gardens’ by Especialista en Agricultura Sostenible – Oficina Regional de la FAO para América Latina y el Caribe

Considers that urban agriculture is rural memory that persists in Latin American history and that the garden is a city building exercise.

Ingeniera Agrónoma y gestora ambiental especialista en agricultura sostenible. Secretaria técnica de la Red de Agricultura Urbana — RAU. Consultora para la FAO desde 2005 en temas de agricultura urbana, fortalecimiento de capacidades y sistemas alimentarios sostenibles. Ha realizado estudios de cine, crítica y estética, buscando contribuir desde la ciencia y el naturalismo a la interpretación de la ciudad contemporánea.

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October 12, 2013   Comments Off

In a Lima, Peru slum, an oasis of urban agriculture blooms beneath high-tension electric wires

Lima is home to nearly a third of the country’s population, thanks to mass migration from rural areas over the past 30 years. Villa María del Triunfo is one of the metropolitan area’s poorest communities. Photo by Lauren Villagran.

Peru’s secret gardens reap benefits

By Lauren Villagran, Correspondent
Christian Science Monitor
July 31, 2013


Peru’s sprawling capital city is home to nearly a third of the country’s population, thanks to mass migration from rural areas over the past 30 years. This poor suburb of Lima represents one successful example of the numerous global cities, including several in Latin America, that have bet on urban agriculture to stave off malnutrition and poverty.

It’s also an example of how public policy can spur private initiative. The municipal government has ceded partial responsibility for maintaining the program it launched in 1999 to private hands six years ago. The owner of the electricity towers, the Red de Energía del Peru (REP), took on the garden as a corporate social responsibility project. Next year, the government will pull its support altogether, leaving REP and the growers to carry on.

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August 22, 2013   Comments Off

Urban Agriculture in Caracas, Venezuela

Urban agriculture in central Caracas. Photo by Leo Ramírez.

In the Puerta Verde neighborhood, residents created a garden where retirees and volunteers care for flowers and vegetables.

By Teresa García Alcaraz
April 9, 2013


San Agustín, a parish in Caracas, Venezuela, is known for open plots of land where the hillside is too steep for habitation. A group of activists led by artist Natalya Critchley and Rogue Architecture has been working there with school children on urban development projects. Based on a study of local terrain, they’ve started building garden plots for fresh produce to help reduce the burden of an extremely high cost of living.

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April 9, 2013   Comments Off