Urban Family Gardens grows local food security in Colombia

By Khushboo Balwani. Cross-posted from Shareable.

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The goal of the “Huertas Familiares para Autoconsumo” (Urban Family
Gardens) initiative is to provide vulnerable families with better access
to healthy, fresh and nutritious food. The program enables these
families, often displaced from rural areas, to achieve a certain level
of self-sufficiency by granting them access to both the training and
land necessary to grow their own vegetables for home consumption.

Conceived with a peer-learning structure in mind, the Urban Family
Gardens take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of the
participating families, building on their experiences to provide the
training the group requires. A local-government appointed
interdisciplinary panel including an agronomist, social workers and a
nutritionist is also available to provide further support to the

The program has been implemented in 13 of Medellín’s 16
“comunas” (neighborhoods), reaching 150 vegetable gardens by 2013, which
rose to 435 by 2014.

View the full policy at medellin.gov.co (Spanish).

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