“Urban sprawl over environmentally sensitive areas with vulnerable populations is a common theme in many Latin American cities,” says Ferreira. “And many cities all over the world are experiencing problems associated with food supply. Stimulating agriculture can help preserve these areas and increase product offering.”
By Ignacio Amigo
February 24, 2017
Now, local leaders in São Paulo are looking to leverage this demand by promoting organic farming on the undeveloped land along the outer edges of the city. If they succeed, it will achieve many different but complementary outcomes all at once. They’ll bolster the city’s supply of fresh, locally produced food. Livelihoods of the rural poor living just outside the urban core will improve. And viable farms will erect a natural barrier to contain the city’s outward expansion.
Last year, these plans received a big boost when São Paulo won the US$5 million grand prize of the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge. The contest had invited cities from Latin America and the Caribbean to propose innovative solutions to urban problems. São Paulo’s winning idea involves creating an online platform to connect local farmers with restaurants and markets who want to buy it.
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