In the region of Rio de Janeiro, 85 % of food doesn't come from the region and is imported from the state of São Paulo. And demand keeps growing thanks to the city's expansion..
Pro-Natura has a solution. This NGO, which has been fighting against poverty and to protect the environment in developing countries since 1985, wants to grow food in the heart of the city with Super Gardens, an urban organic farming project. This new, participative socio-economic development model is aimed at the Salgueiro community (6,000 people) in one of the favelas of Alto da Boa Vista, and is destined to be replicated in other favelas in Rio and around Brazil.
Two types of vegetable garden have been created thanks to the Air Liquide Foundation's funding:
The communities are trained to maintain these gardens in order to guarantee the project's long-term success.
By developing food supply in the favelas of Alto da Boa Vista, the Pro-Natura project reduces their dependence on outside supply. The closeness of producers and consumers ensures the best price for fruit and vegetables and reduces their carbon footprint. An ecological touch is provided by the use of selected non-GMO seeds and charcoal dust to fertilize the soil (the so-called "biochar" process).