Food for Cities News - April, 2014


Growing Greener Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean Urban Library

On Tuesday 8 April, 2014 release of FAO report was organized in the 7th World Urban Forum event. This new FAO report looks at progress made in “growing greener cities” in Latin America and the Caribbean cities in which urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) is recognized by public policy, included in urban development strategies and land-use planning, supported by agricultural research and extension, and linked to sources of technological innovation, investment and credit, and to urban markets and consumers. Introduction and presentation of the publication was done by Makiko Taguchi (FAO). The Mexico City experience was shared by Pablo Torres Lima (Universidad Autónoma de México - Xochimilco) and the Medellín experience was briefed by Pedro Fernando Hoyos (Secretaria de Inclusión Social y Familia) The report also explores the important role of UPA in building resilient, sustainable “city-region food systems” that are incorporated fully into urban planning and ensure food security, contribute to urban and rural livelihoods, and protect the environment. The report is based on an FAO survey of UPA in 110 of the region’s towns, municipalities and cities. It includes in-depth profiles of agriculture as it is practised today in and around Havana, Mexico City, Antigua and Barbuda, Tegucigalpa, Managua, Quito, Lima, El Alto (Bolivia), Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and Rosario (Argentina).


Reference: Food For Cities Website