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Growing greener cities in Latin America and the Caraibben

Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Publisher:Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
2014

A recent FAO analysis of national household surveys collected between 2003 and 2008 shows that 1.4 million urban dwellers in Nicaragua and Guatemala were also food producers. Savings made on food purchases, along with sales of produce, accounted for more than one-fifth of their household income. Five years later, this report looks at progress toward realizing Medellin’s vision of “greener cities” in Latin America and the Caribbean – ones in which urban and peri-urban agriculture, or 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.

Organization: UN agency
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
Areas of focus: Food production and ecosystem management
Tags: Climate mitigation, Food security and nutrition, Urban and peri-urban agriculture