Family Farming Knowledge Platform

Urban Agriculture Studies Group – AUÊ! AUÊ!

Type of Organization: University
Areas of work: Agroecology
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
Country: Brazil
The group works on issues related to urban agriculture, with emphasis on urban agroecology. At the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte, mining, industry and the service sectors are the most economically important activities and their representatives often object to more attention given to food production in studies, public policies and public investments. Agriculture is predominantly seen as irrelevant (compared to other urban social and environmental issues), unfeasible (if compared to other uses and occupations of the land with more economic return), and incompatible with urban settings (due to the environmental impacts it may cause or to which it may be subject).