Городские мероприятия в области продовольствия

La Costanza: Urban Agroecology in a quickly urbanizing place

Author: Constantino Casasbuenas

Let's make a national minga together! 48 million people live in Colombia nowadays. During the last 60 years of internal conflict, the country urbanized. According to the World Bank stats, less than 24% of the Colombian population lives in rural areas. About the 30 largest cities concentrate more than 70% of the population. The competition for land, seeds and agriculture has been a constant struggle after colonisation. Being indigenous, black and women you are doubly disadvantaged in the struggle to escape from poverty. Colombia's concentrations of wealth and inequality are one of the biggest at global level. Colombia has had many expressions of violence in her history. Between 1948 and 1957 it had what we call the Colombia Violence, where more than 300 thousands Colombians were killed. In the 1960s, because of the conflicts for land Colombia had a 60 year conflict, having as main characters the Colombian government (Colombian army), several guerrilla groups (FARC, ELN, EPL, M-19), narcotic groups (Medellín cartel, Cali cartel), paramilitary groups and delinquency groups. This conflict has reinforced the urbanization and the competition for resources. La Costanza is a family farm located in Chía, 23 km north of Bogota. Existing from 1981, comprises a 1,500 square meters terrain that has been converted into an agroecological farm with three main objectives: a) getting good quality food for the families involved; b) being self-sufficient; and c) keeping a good balance between aesthetics and production. In the future, La Costanza farm wants to establish a sustainable restaurant with most of its food produced on site. Agroecology

Organization: UN agency
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
Coverage: Colombia
Areas of focus: Food production and ecosystem management, Food supply and distribution