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Venezuela launchs a national conference on urban agriculture

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Under President Nicolas Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan government began promoting urban agriculture as a way to improve food sovereignty. | Photo: Minci

If we want a society that is viable, progressive, socialist and humanist, then we need … productive cities,” Maduro stated.

Telesur
Jan 30, 2016

The Venezuelan government is meeting with grassroots groups to discuss expanding the country’s urban agriculture.
Venezuela launched Saturday a national conference on urban agriculture, aimed to boost the productivity of small scale crops in major cities like Caracas.

The conference is the first of its kind in Venezuela, and will include government officials and representatives of grassroots organizations. President Nicolas Maduro is also expected to attend.

The president has said improving urban agriculture will support his government’s aim to bolster the broader economy.

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January 31, 2016   No Comments

Why Did Venezuela’s Urban Agriculture Minister Vacate Her Post After Just Two Weeks?

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Emma Ortega was a well respected campesina activist and agronomist (AVN).

The reply is that we believe that she did what she promised to do. Going over the heads of bureaucracy, paperwork, seats, desks, offices, posturing and fawning media types, and she dared to get to work straight away,” reads the piece.

By Rachael Boothroyd Rojas
Venezuela Analysis
Jan 25, 2016

Excerpt:

Grassroots Chavistas have taken to social media to express their discontent after the Urban Agriculture Minister, Emma Ortega, inexplicably left her cabinet position just two weeks after being nominated by Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro.

Last Thursday Maduro revealed on Twitter that he had replaced Ortega – a 62 year old outspoken grassroots activist brought into the president’s inner team in a cabinet shake-up on January 6th.

“I have designated comrade @lorenafreitez as Minister of Urban Agriculture to propel the productive revolution from communities,” he Tweeted.

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January 26, 2016   Comments Off on Why Did Venezuela’s Urban Agriculture Minister Vacate Her Post After Just Two Weeks?

Native Women in Bolivia, Green the Outskirts of the City, Feed Their Families

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Two of the peri-urban agricultural producers of Sucre proudly show one of their greenhouses, which families from 83 poor suburban neighbourhoods have set up in their yards as part of the National Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture Programme. Credit: Franz Chávez/IPS

The initiative has 680 members so far, said Guido Zambrana, a young agronomist who runs the Urban Garden Project.

By Franz Chávez
Inter Press Service
SUCRE, Bolivia, Oct 17 2015 (IPS)

Excerpt:

The lunch we are served is soup made with vegetables grown in their backyard gardens, accompanied by tortillas made with cornmeal mixed with flour from different vegetables. Fresh produce is also grown in greenhouses built throughout the hills of Sucre, 2,760 metres above sea level and 420 km south of La Paz, the country’s political centre.

The women have learned how to grow vegetables and how to improve their family’s food security, Tolaba explained. “We want to reach zero malnutrition,” she said. In Sucre temperatures range between 12 and 25 degrees Celcius. But in the greenhouses, built by the families with support from the government, temperatures climb above 30 degrees.

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October 18, 2015   Comments Off on Native Women in Bolivia, Green the Outskirts of the City, Feed Their Families

Agricultura urbana en manos de mujeres

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Johnny Antesano, a 4-year old Guarani indigenous boy in Choroquepiao, a small village in the Chaco region of Bolivia, helps his mother, Yela Vilera, in their family garden. They and their neighbors started their gardens with assistance from Church World Service, supplementing their corn-based diet with nutritious vegetables and fruits. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Las tecnologías ecológicas pueden solucionar el grave problema del costo a los consumidores finales

La Razón (Edición Impresa) / Crispim Moreira
12 de septiembre de 2015

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Al menos 400 mujeres campesinas migrantes de áreas rurales de Bolivia producen alimentos ecológicos en áreas periurbanas para la nutrición de sus familias y el abastecimiento alimentario de miles de hogares en la ciudad de Sucre, como resultado de la cooperación técnica entre autoridades del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia y la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO).

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October 8, 2015   Comments Off on Agricultura urbana en manos de mujeres

Cuban experiences in urban agriculture and greenhouse crops will be implemented in Panama

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Panama and Cuba Sign Agreement for Agricultural Cooperation

Prensa Latina
Sept 21, 2015

Panama, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) A memorandum of understanding on agricultural cooperation between Panama and Cuba was signed today here by the Minister of Agricultural Development (MIDA), Jorge Arango and Cuban Ambassador Antonio Pardo.

The agreements so far are mainly in the scientific-technical area and the first project to be implemented will be the use in Panama of Cuban experiences in urban agriculture and greenhouse crops, stated the ambassador.

This agreement is a result of the recent visit of President Juan Carlos Varela to Cuba, which increased the relations between the two countries, with emphasis in trade and the links between Panama’s Colon Free Zone and the Cuban Port of Mariel, stated Pardo.

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September 28, 2015   Comments Off on Cuban experiences in urban agriculture and greenhouse crops will be implemented in Panama

Urban Agriculture in Bogota, Columbia

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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

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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

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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
6/9/2015

“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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June 15, 2015   Comments Off on Costa Rica: Family orchards to reduce carbon footprint

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

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

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

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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

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Conheça 6 hortas comunitárias espalhadas por São Paulo

By Marcia Sousa
CicloVivo
27 de Abril de 2015

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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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June 1, 2015   Comments Off on Community Gardens in São Paulo, Brazil

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

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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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May 18, 2015   Comments Off on Shanghai’s Green Ring Generates Half of The City’s Food

FAO Representative in Venezuela Highlights Urban Farming Initiatives

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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
VenezuelaAnalysis
February 25th 2015

Excerpts:

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 on FAO Representative in Venezuela Highlights Urban Farming Initiatives

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

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RUAF Update 23 – Feb 2015

Excerpt:

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

Urban farming in Tijuana for deportees

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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

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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 on Urban farming in Tijuana for deportees

Theatre and organic gardening come together in Santiago, Chile

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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
ColectivoSustento
2014

Excerpt:

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

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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

Excerpts:

“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 on Haiti: FONDAMA Yard Garden Program