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How Brazilian cities are boosting sustainable agriculture

Agriculture within city limits.

Currently, 150 urban workers live exclusively on the income they obtain from selling vegetables. According to Cidades Sem Fome (CSF), more than 800 people have food gardens, while more than 1,000 people have enrolled in the teaching course provided by CSF.

By Natália Tomé Scalzaretto
Brazilian Report
Aug 2019

Brazil is known worldwide as a huge agricultural power. But despite being one of the top food producers in the world, the country is still grappling with such challenges as finding sustainable ways to farm and sharing the wealth of fields with the overall population. Recently, some agriculture initiatives arose or boosted their presence in Brazilian cities, establishing themselves as new alternatives towards food security and providing better living conditions for citizens.

Some of these examples came in São Paulo, the 12-million population megacity dotted with skyscrapers and little obvious green space. At first glance, it is the last place in Brazil you’d expect agriculture to be present. However, 28 percent of the city’s total area is actually considered rural, due to the expansive and sparse districts of Parelheiros and Marsilac to the south of the city.

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August 23, 2019   Comments Off on How Brazilian cities are boosting sustainable agriculture

Brazil: Urban Agriculture on the Rise in Rio Thanks to “EMBRAPA Solos” Project

The Célia Alencar Municipal Nursery now has a project called “Green little hands”, using the seedings and compost provided by “EMBRAPA Solos”. (Photo by Nikola Grace Radley)

“Green little hands”, using the seedings and compost provided by “EMBRAPA Solos”. The children grow basil, mint, citronella, cabbage, parsley, oregano, and lettuce.

By Nikola Grace Radley
Rio Times
July 26, 2019

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Capeche is devoted to strengthening the bond that unites urban and rural environments; he is an advocate of demonstrating the importance of sustainability and agricultural practices that ensure a better quality of life.

He has forged many partnerships within Rio’s favela communities. These include a variety of groups, such as colleges, kindergartens, communities, and NGOs.

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July 31, 2019   Comments Off on Brazil: Urban Agriculture on the Rise in Rio Thanks to “EMBRAPA Solos” Project

The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution

Just released: The inspiring story of a family that quit the rat race and left the city to live out their ideals on an organic farm

By Brent Preston
Penguin Random House Canada
May 2017

It’s true that Brent Preston and Gillian Flies did leave the city and move to the country, and they did make a lot of stupid mistakes, some of which are pretty funny in hindsight. But their goal from the beginning was to build a real farm, one that would sustain their family, heal their environment, and nourish their community. It was a goal that was achieved not through bucolic self-reflection, but through a decade of grinding toil and perseverance.

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May 5, 2017   Comments Off on The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution

An Abandoned Quarry Above Rio’s Olympic Village Found New Life as an Organic Farm

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Fátima Anselmo, owner of Orgânicas da Fátima, grows organic produce in a reclaimed quarry in Rio de Janeiro. Pea vines climb bamboo stakes to her left, while banana leaves spread on the ground behind her protect a bed recently planted with carrot seeds. After finding the site in 2014, she spent more than a year and a half clearing it of rubble and building the soil from her own compost pile. Photo by Andrew Jenner.

“I always wanted to show that urban agriculture was possible,” Anselmo says. “If everyone did just a little bit of this, we’d have much healthier food and a much healthier world.”

By Andrew Jenner
Modern Farmer
August 19, 2016

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Anselmo estimates that restaurants and hotels make up about 70 percent of her business. (The Olympics—great news for any host city’s hospitality industry—have been very good to Orgânicos da Fátima). The rest of her sales take place at the organic farmers markets that have begun popping up all over Rio; a decade ago, there was a single such market in all of Rio, according to ABIO, an organic farmer’s association. Today, there are 19.

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August 20, 2016   Comments Off on An Abandoned Quarry Above Rio’s Olympic Village Found New Life as an Organic Farm

Marcos Victorino’s mobile garden project in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Ten different models are in operation in urban locations such as rooftops, school yards and parking structures.

By Marcos Victorino
January 2013

For over 30 years Agro Engineer Marcos Victorino has been developing technologies for urban agriculture projects in Brazil. With the increase of population in urban areas, few spaces available for deployment of gardens in new buildings, there is a need to create new technologies that fit in to urban structures. As there is little land vacant in big cities, the engineer developed an research project using roof tiles in order to assemble beds that are suspended.

The project is now success and ten different models are in operation in urban locations such as rooftops, school yards and parking structures.

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January 5, 2013   Comments Off on Marcos Victorino’s mobile garden project in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Construction of Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Maringá, PR, Brazil


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We have nearly 30 community gardens now

By Fernando Rodrigues Neto
Engenheiro Agrônomo – CREA PR – 116837/D
CERAUP/UEM (0xx44) 9976 6293

The city of Maringá – PR is an attractive centre of business, studies and industry, as well as agribusiness of soy, corn and other grains, being famous by its wooded streets and the nickname of Cidade Canção – City Song. This welcoming city with nearly 351 thousand urban inhabitants offers high quality of life by means of socio-environmental projects that includes the Program Healthy Maringá – Programa Maringá Saudável – focused on health promotion habits, allying physical exercises practice in more than 40 GSC – Gyms for Senior Citizens, medical monitoring, and assurance of food and nutrition security with the access to vegetables grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides in community gardens located throughout the city. In support of these actions the urban agriculture has gained strength with the partnership envolving Maringá City Hall, MDS – Ministry of Social Development and Hunger Alleviation, and UEM – Maringá State University, started in 2008 with the project written and approved in accordance with the requirements of the announcement MDS/SESAN 05/2008.

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June 16, 2012   Comments Off on Construction of Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Maringá, PR, Brazil

IFOAM’s Advocacy Manager in Brazil: Urban Agriculture against Poverty

Robert Jordan: Advocacy Manager of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) visits a rooftop program

Robert Jordan is the Advocacy Manager of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM). In this interview he visits a favela in Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, to interact with the pioneers of organic urban rooftop gardening in Brazil.

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June 16, 2012   Comments Off on IFOAM’s Advocacy Manager in Brazil: Urban Agriculture against Poverty