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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.

www.postofficecowboys.com/oficinadecorre­os

Also:

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

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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
2014

Excerpt:

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

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‘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

Excerpt:

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

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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

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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

Excerpt

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

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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

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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

Excerpt:

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

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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
Polis
April 9, 2013

Excerpt:

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

Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles

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Brazilian home has wall of food growing in pop bottles

By Christopher
This is Colossal
February 20, 2013

Excerpt

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!

Link here.

March 23, 2013   Comments Off

FAO Latin American e-learning course on urban agriculture

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Brazilian children at city farm. Photo by Marcos Victorino. Click image for larger size.

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.

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March 20, 2013   1 Comment

Video about urban agriculture in Bolivia


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
January, 2013

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.

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March 11, 2013   Comments Off

Community Composting in a Small Mexican Town

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Jose and Compost Students with over 80 bags of compost. Lo de Marcos is a small town of some 3,000 people one hour north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Photo by Amigos de Lo de Marcos.

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.

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December 21, 2012   2 Comments

FAO Honduran pilot study: Women proud of their family gardens

This project improved the nutritional food security of 6000 people who participated

Global Horticulture Initiative
30th May 2012

Excerpt:

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.

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November 6, 2012   Comments Off