- Title: Rio community gardens "putting food on people's table" on World Food Day
- Date: 16th October 2019
- Summary: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (OCTOBER 16, 2019) (REUTERS) ONE OF THE "CARIOCA GARDENS" COMMUNITY GARDENS WITH THE LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOOD OF SAO CARLOS IN BACKGROUND LETTUCE LETTUCE / PERSON TILLING SOIL PEOPLE IN GARDEN ONION PLANTS COMMUNITY GARDEN SIGN READING (Portuguese) "WE PLANT ORGANIC FOOD HERE - CARIOCA (RIO DE JANEIRO ADJECTIVE) GARDENS" VARIOUS, RIO DE JANEIRO MUNICIPAL SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, BERNARDO EGAS LIMA FONSECA, AT INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) RIO DE JANEIRO MUNICIPAL SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, BERNARDO EGAS LIMA FONSECA, SAYING: "[DISCUSSING IMPORTANCE OF THE CARIOCA GARDENS PROGRAM] It's not just for the environmental component, but also for the social component. It's going into communities where some people lack daily dietary minimums, so it's a program of food security, environmental education, and it also has an urban and landscape impact on the community that helps everyone in it. So, we're very proud now with the international recognition, and winning the award in France." SPRINKLER VARIOUS, COMMUNITY GARDEN VARIOUS, AGRICULTURAL ENGINEER, JULIO CESAR BARROS, AT GARDEN (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) AGRICULTURAL ENGINEER, JULIO CESAR BARROS, SAYING: "Today we have 45 or 47 gardens. That's very dynamic because it can free you up or tie you down. Our production estimate for 2019 is at 70 tons of food. A part of that is sold to be able to generate income for our teams and the other part is donated to schools, shelters, and nursing homes that are around the gardens. That's the primary premise of the program: the distribution of production." VARIOUS, LOCAL RESIDENT WHO WORKS IN THE COMMUNITY GARDEN, CAROLINE DOS SANTOS DE PAULA, PLANTING (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) LOCAL RESIDENT, CAROLINE DOS SANTOS DE PAULA, SAYING: "It's very important because we're planting, collecting, helping feed people, putting food on people's tables, that's very important" DOS SANTOS DE PAULA WASHING VEGETABLES LOCAL RESIDENT HOLDING VEGETABLES HOMES IN SAO CARLOS LOW INCOME NEIGHBORHOOD
- Embargoed: 30th October 2019 17:48
- Keywords: World Food Day Rio de Janeiro Brazil garden organic vegetables urban farming crops
- Location: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- City: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Society/Social Issues,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001B17MVK3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Residents of low income neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro were tilling soil, planting seeds and harvesting crops in order to provide food for themselves and their communities on World Food Day this Wednesday (October 16).
But, these Cariocas, as Rio residents are known, aren't just contributing to the food security of their communities on World Food Day, they work everyday to provide fresh organic produce to locals through a program called "Carioca Gardens."
Rio de Janeiro's municipal secretary for the environment Bernardo Egas Lima Fonseca said produce from the gardens "is going into communities where some people lack daily dietary minimums, so it's a program of food security, environmental education, and it also has an urban and landscape impact on the community that helps everyone in it."
World Food Day is celebrated every October 16th to commemorate the date of the founding in 1945 of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
(Production: Sergio Queiroz, Leandra Camera)
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