Category — Latin America
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:
November 18, 2013 Comments Off
‘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.
October 12, 2013 Comments Off
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.
August 22, 2013 Comments Off
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.
April 9, 2013 Comments Off
Brazilian home has wall of food growing in pop bottles
This is Colossal
February 20, 2013
As part of an innovative partnership called Home Sweet Home (Lar Doce Lar) between multidisciplinary design firm Rosenbaum and TV producer Luciano Huck, the teams went through dozens of Brazilian homes doing dramatic makeovers of interior and exterior spaces. On their 48th home Rosenbaum designed a pretty amazing vertical garden that was suspended in a narrow walkway just outside the house. Reponse to the garden was so huge the firm quickly released design schematics (in Portugese) detailing how to build one. A huge thanks to the team at Rosenbaum for sharing these photos with Colossal!
March 23, 2013 Comments Off
Agricultura Urbana y Periurbana como herramienta para la seguridad alimentaria y el desarrollo municipal
E-learning course on Urban Agriculture at the Municipal Level held, since 2009, at the virtual platform of the FAO – Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. Note: Contents are in Spanish.
120 horas / 12 semanas. El participante debe dedicar al curso entre 8 y 10 horas de trabajo semanal.
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.
March 20, 2013 1 Comment
Video is in French but there are English subtitles. Go to YouTube by clicking on the YouTube icon in the right corner above. Then click on the ‘CC’ in the menu bar beneath the video and select ‘English’.
Agriculture Urbaine – ProDAs — Urban agriculture – Agricultura urbana
By Jordi Hubert, Benoît Allard, Gaëtan Allard
The Ekidina organization
Découvrez dans ce documentaire, filmé en Bolivie, les conséquences de l’extension urbaine sur l’environnement et l’alimentation et une des solutions pour y remédier : l’agriculture urbaine. Embarquez dans un voyage inédit et suivez les acteurs d’une agriculture hors du commun.
March 11, 2013 Comments Off
Jardin de Composta in Los De Marcos
Piles of yard waste no longer sit on the streets of Lo De Marcos. Burning of yard waste no longer pollutes the air. As well residents of the town receive a small income from selling the finished compost. Students at the local schools are involved in the compost process and the community garden.
Excerpt from Recycle Committee Report
November 2012 – Amigos de Lo de Marcos
Compost is being screened and bagged every Saturday morning by our compost students (Beto, Neto, Fernando, Adrian, Francisco, and Esteban). Last Saturday, they filled more than 80 bags in 4 hours.
55 bags of Compost Futures have been redeemed – 125 bags remain to be redeemed. Your compost futures may be redeemed on Wednesday or Saturday mornings at the Compost Lot.
December 21, 2012 2 Comments
This project improved the nutritional food security of 6000 people who participated
Global Horticulture Initiative
30th May 2012
During the project 1,075 family orchards were selected in different periurban colonies (Los Pinos, Villanueva, Monte de los Olivos Trees and Nueva Suyapa), using the methodology based on the training manual “A Kitchen Garden for All” in 6 cycles of two months each. Six CDCs in urban areas and 1 in rural area were settled on as Units of Technology Transfer that operated as education-learning and integration spaces for the families. At the end of the project 79.1% of the gardens (850 family gardens) were active. The main reason for this (as declared by project participants) was the supply in healthy food made available at homes.
November 6, 2012 Comments Off
The project provides welcome jobs for the city’s farmers, many of whom work in the watery southern district of Xochimilco.
Oct 27th 2012
The 21 million residents of Mexico City have far too much rubbish and not enough healthy food. Now they can swap one for the other. A new monthly market run by the city government takes paper, glass, plastic and aluminium in return for tokens that can be swapped for locally grown food and plants. Since it began in March the “Barter Market” in Chapultepec park has exchanged 140 tonnes of rubbish for 60 tonnes of produce.
November 4, 2012 Comments Off
Mexico City has advantages. Residents can tend gardens 12 months out of the year, and a generous four-month rainy season lessens pressure on water resources.
By Tim Johnson
Oct 19, 2012
MEXICO CITY — Climb to a rooftop and scan the horizon of this metropolis, and you’re likely to see nearby rooftops or balconies with vegetable gardens.
Urban rooftop gardening is on the cusp of a boom here, sponsored by a City Hall that sees gardening as a way to alleviate poverty, provide residents with their own healthy food and add some green to one of the world’s most populous cities.
October 23, 2012 Comments Off
CIARA (Training and Innovationto Support the Agricultural Revolution)
By Tamara Pearson
Oct 19, 2012
With the help of the government, our community council La Columna, in the Andean city of Merida, began a project of urban agriculture so that we can grow food free of agro-chemicals in a way that doesn’t damage the land, recycle organic waste in our composter, contribute to national food sovereignty, and start to break down alienation in our community.
October 21, 2012 Comments Off
Organic agriculture is a growing trend in big cities around the world, including Latin America, and now the favelas of Brazil are no exception.
By Fabiola Ortiz
Additional reporting by Humberto Márquez and Estrella Gutiérrez (Caracas) and Patricia Grogg (Havana).
IPS News Service
RIO DE JANEIRO
Sep 25 2012
This means that urban agriculture is both a “strategy of emancipation” and a significant means of improving the quality of life in cities, said Hélio Tomaz Rocha, the coordinator of urban and peri-urban agriculture at the Brazilian National Secretariat for Food and Nutrition Security.
Rocha advocates the planting of urban gardens in vacant lots in metropolitan areas, which are otherwise used as dumping grounds, for the establishment of slum housing, or for real estate speculation.
October 17, 2012 Comments Off
Local, Slow, and on the Street
By Devon G. Peña
New Clear Vision
Oct 12, 2012
Devon G. Peña, Ph.D., is a lifelong activist in the environmental justice and resilient agriculture movements, and is Professor of American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, and Environmental Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.
When I see this photograph, something entirely different comes to mind. It is not poverty that I see, but abundance, culture, and right livelihood. The photograph tells me that Mexicans have done local, slow and deep food for a long time. We have practiced urban agriculture from the start and farming in the backyard and on rooftops as well as food vending in sidewalk and plaza markets have been standard activities in the city since the time of the Colhua Mexica (Aztecs).
October 13, 2012 Comments Off
FAO promoting nutrition awareness among women through education initiatives and community gardens in Haiti
Haiti’s “Mamans Lumières” cast a light over the shadow of malnutrition
In the municipality of Moron, situated in the isolated Grand’Anse Department of Haiti, a group of women are making their way towards their shared community garden – a space that has been set up with the help of FAO and its partners, including the French NGO Médecins du Monde, the German Red Cross and various local NGOs.
The community garden has become a neighborhood hub — buzzing with activity — where the women farm together, but also regularly attend classes, workshops and practical trainings on how to make informed nutritional choices and improve their production of crops and small livestock.
October 13, 2012 Comments Off