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Colombia: With urban gardens, Antioquia benefits thousands of citizens in food security

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.

The Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development delivered 3,093 orchards in the Aburrá Valley so that people near the urban territory can supply themselves with organic products in their homes. “Urban orchards are a revolution in the way we see our relationship with the countryside and food production. Cities cannot continue to be absent and indifferent to the problem of finding ways to supply the basic food needs of families,” said Rodolfo Correa, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development of Antioquia.

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. The kits are accompanied by educational and audiovisual material for sowing, cultivating and properly harvesting food.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), it is expected that by 2030 the world population will exceed 8,300 million inhabitants, which will imply a 50% increase in food consumption.

Rapid population growth worldwide places great demands on food supply systems, which is why urban gardens are taking center stage as a mechanism to provide fresh food and strengthen the resilience of cities in the face of climate change, among other multiple benefits.

“From the Government of Antioquia, the platform has been deployed where you can learn from scratch the entire process to have and cultivate an urban garden, as well as receive information from experts on everything related to home gardens,” concluded Rodolfo Correa.

Source: ACI Medellín

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