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Columbia: With Urban Gardens, Antioquia Benefits Thousands Of Citizens In Food Security

The secretariat chaired by Correa delivered 3,093 self-contained home gardens, which include everything necessary to produce small crops in the homes of Antioquia families.

ACI Medellin
Nov 4, 2020

Excerpt:

At hand, in the patios of their own houses, kitchens or living rooms, Antioqueños who live in the Metropolitan Area of Medellín will be able to access vegetables, aromatic plants and other crops, in a totally organic way to supply the nutritional basics in less than 40 days.

Huertas Urbanas por la Vida, an initiative of the Antioquia Government in alliance with the municipalities of the Aburrá Valley that aims to transform the relationship of the city with the countryside and give the opportunity for citizens to have a garden in their own home and harvest your food.

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November 9, 2020   Comments Off on Columbia: With Urban Gardens, Antioquia Benefits Thousands Of Citizens In Food Security

Urban gardening and neglected and underutilized species in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

An urban garden identified in the research in Salvador, Brazil, 2019. Photography from the authors

The formulation of public policies aimed at urban agriculture is essential to support and promote agricultural activities in the municipality of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

By Manuela Alves da Cunha, Lidice Almeida Arlego Paraguassú, José Geraldo de Aquino Assis, Arthur Benjamin de Paula Carvalho Silva & Ryzia de Cassia Vieira Cardoso
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
Volume 16, Article number: 67 (2020)

Abstract

Background
Urban agriculture has been evidenced as a food production and environmental sustainability strategy, although it faces many obstacles in Latin American countries. Additionally, in urban areas, low consumption of fruit and greenery is noticeable, along with loss in food diversity, including the neglected and underutilized species (NUS), which involve potential to strengthen local food systems. For this reason, this work has sought to map urban gardens in the city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, characterizing their gardeners, and to systematize information regarding food produced and the use of NUS.

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November 5, 2020   Comments Off on Urban gardening and neglected and underutilized species in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Saint Kitts and Nevis: Ministry Of Agriculture Supplying Seeds To Community Groups To Encourage Community Gardening

Saint Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Population: 52,441

By Chaïra Flanders
Zizonline
Oct 19, 2020
Basseterre, St. Kitts

Excerpt:

The Ministry of Agriculture is continuing with efforts to bolster food security, access and availability by providing seeds and seedlings to groups in various communities to encourage community gardening.

The gardens will be opened in several communities across the island.

While in Cayon, representatives from the Department of Agriculture joined with members from the Elem Gospel Hall for a brief handing over of seedlings.

Chair of the World Food Day Activities, Tonisha Weekes and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Ron Dublin Collins presented the group with four different types of seedlings; Cucumbers, cabbages, tomatoes and sweet peppers.

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October 25, 2020   Comments Off on Saint Kitts and Nevis: Ministry Of Agriculture Supplying Seeds To Community Groups To Encourage Community Gardening

Seeds of Hope in Uncertain Times

Diverse maize varieties from the Caribbean Region of Colombia (Valeria García López).

Increased demand for seeds during Covid-19 shows the need for stronger, decentralized seed systems in Latin America and the United States.

By Valeria García López and David Greenwood-Sánchez
NACLA
October 9, 2020
(Must read. Mike)
Excerpt:

Seeds are the essential input of our food system, yet we know little about how local seed systems are adjusting to the Covid-19 pandemic. Media coverage tends to ignore seed production, and to route our attention through the lens of our own personal consumption. However, seed producers’ ability to adapt to this crisis has important consequences for our agrobiodiversity, food security, and food sovereignty.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced local seed systems across Latin America to adopt a range of diverse strategies to confront this new reality. These challenges are shared by small seed producers in the U.S., who serve as primary sources of access to quality, organic seeds for the Latinx community in the U.S. For this reason, it is informative to analyze seed systems in Latin America and the U.S. in an integrated manner. We also aim to draw attention to the diversity of initiatives available for Latinx communities interested in becoming more involved with seeds.

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October 10, 2020   Comments Off on Seeds of Hope in Uncertain Times

Venezuela: Urban farming grows in Venezuela as fuel shortages makes food more expensive for people in cities

Video story.

By Mary Triny Mena
CGTN
Sept 30, 2020

Excerpt:

Micro-farms are sprouting in unlikely areas in Venezuela.

A severe fuel shortage is making it difficult for rural farmers to get their produce to urban centers, pushing food prices out of reach for many people who live in the city.

Link to video.

October 4, 2020   Comments Off on Venezuela: Urban farming grows in Venezuela as fuel shortages makes food more expensive for people in cities

Mexico: Staying Afloat: One Family Farm’s Pandemic Struggles in Xochimilco

There are downsides and benefits to being so close to the heart of the megalopolis.

By Lydia Carey
Culinary Back Streets
Sept 3, 2020

Excerpt:

Like a lot of us, the Galicia family was looking forward to 2020. Farming along the city’s southern canals for generations, they are stewards of the chinampa agricultural system, one of the oldest on the planet. For the past eight years they have been slowly converting their man-made plot – built on top of the city’s shallow lakebeds – into a fully organic farm.

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September 9, 2020   Comments Off on Mexico: Staying Afloat: One Family Farm’s Pandemic Struggles in Xochimilco

Spanish-language urban agriculture class combats Latino health disparities

She was one of more than 260 people who enrolled in an urban agriculture course offered in Spanish by MU Extension.

By Madison McVan Missouri Information Corps
Columbia Tribune
Aug 10, 2020

Excerpt:

Plants are at the center of Edda Berti’s childhood memories.

She spent weekends at her grandfather’s farm in rural Peru learning how to cultivate crops. Together, with dirty hands, they would take trimmings from young fruit trees and splice them into one another. Berti and the other children in her family would take off their shoes and squash grapes in wine barrels.

At her childhood home in Huaral on the outskirts of Lima, Berti’s mother grew onions, peppers, chilis and other vegetables in a big yard outside of the kitchen and used them in her cooking.

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August 16, 2020   Comments Off on Spanish-language urban agriculture class combats Latino health disparities