Systemic Network around Education and Community Gardens

Format: Papers, RSD7, Topic: Socioecological Design

Rosângela Miriam Lemos Mendonca, Ediméia Maria Ribeiro de Mello*, Samantha de Oliveira Nery, and Eduardo Romeiro Filho

Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais | *Centro Universitário Una

Recently, the majority of the Brazilian population is living in cities, and the slums are growing within poor living conditions, in a context of enormous social-economic inequality. One of the local challenges is the poor nutrition of its inhabitants, together with the high cost of healthier food. This article presents the results of an urban farming project, developed through the partnership of universities and some communities at Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. It represents university research and extension projects on building community gardens, aiming at the constitution of a social-economic innovative process to increase local social cohesion, popular protagonism and food sovereignty. Each garden is facing particular challenges in relation to its social, environmental and economic sustainability, but the initiative is proving to be a significant alternative to humanize those spaces, systemically bringing together approaches as Design, Agroecology and Food Sovereignty and Solidarity Economy, Integral Endeavours and developing cooperative and innovative actions.

Keywords: Systemic Design, Agroecology, Social Economy, Solidarity Economy, Brazilian

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Author(s): OCTOBER 2018
Title: Systemic Network around Education and Community Gardens
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
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First published: 2 October 2018
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