Cities Without Hunger
WHAT IS IT AND WHEN WAS IT FOUNDED?
Cidades sem Fome (Cities without Hunger) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO), founded in 2004 in São Paulo by Hans Dieter Temp, a technician for agricultural and environmental policies.
WHERE AND WHAT?
Operating in the East Zone of the city, community food gardens generate profits for the families who tend to the gardens, while at the same time educating people about the benefits of organic farming.
IMPACT ON THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
The community food gardens modify the urban landscape, transforming unused public and private plots of land by creating green spaces that contrast with the otherwise densely packed surrounding built environment.
Before and after: the community food gardens modify the urban landscape, transforming unused plots. Credit: Cities Without Hunger, Alex Römer.
To date, the organisation has initiated 21 community gardens and assisted 115 people in becoming community gardeners. Participants are also provided with basic training on how to run their garden as a small business, helping them to become financially independent. In addition, 38 gardens have been set up in public schools and educational institutions, assisting a further 650 people.
BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY
On top of boosting the local economy and providing employment, Cities without Hunger makes fresh, healthy, affordable food available to locals. The programme also provides opportunities for social networking and social interactions, adding to the overall wellbeing of the community.