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Developing Sustainable Urban and Periurban Agriculture in São Paulo

Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Time span: 2015 – 2024
Green SDGs: 2, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13 e 15
Partners: Prefeitura de São Paulo (Municipal Secretariats of Environment and green areas, Food security and Education), Municipal participatory Councils (Rural development, food security, school nutrition, environment), small farmer’s associations, environmental NGOs.
Decorative image from the São Paulo Project depicting two people and two dogs crouching around a plant.
Image by Thiago Benedetti / PMSP
Decorative image from the São Paulo Project depicting two women. One woman is showing the other a plaque that is titled "sampa+rural". Some of the text is obscured by the woman's hand. They are both wearing single use masks.
Image by Marcela de Ré / PMSP
Decorative image from the São Paulo Project, two local people are holding a plaque. the plaque reads "sampa+rural. Horta comunitária da vila nancy." at the bottom of the plaque there is a QR-code.
Image by Marcela de Ré / PMSP
The existing agricultural practice in the city of São Paulo is old and diversified. Currently, it is characterized by small farmers’ sites located mainly in the extreme south in an area of large water sources. According to the City of São Paulo, the municipality has 731 agricultural production units, 228 gardens in public facilities, 106 urban gardens and 9 gardens in Guarani villages. In total, there are 1067 points of agricultural activity identified in the city. Despite its long history, agriculture in the city was marginalized by the State, lacking technical support and even being restricted or prohibited by environmental protection legislation.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the issue of agriculture began to gradually enter the public policy agenda of the municipality, with the creation of programs, projects and laws marked by concerns such as environmental sustainability, food and nutrition security and containment of the urban expansion that occurs over watershed areas. Although the municipal government has been leading such initiatives, the design and implementation of actions has involved a range of civil society actors, such as CSOs, farmers, mid-level and street-level bureaucrats, other levels of government and international entities. Also, there are 4 participatory councils in São Paulo that guide the theme of agriculture in the city.
Public policies aimed at agriculture that emerged in the last two decades were created slowly and gradually, in a trajectory punctuated by moments of interruption and discontinuity of actions. However, the co-creation logic of policies and the involvement of bureaucrats from different sectors and civil society has allowed the theme to remain on the public policy agenda and the strengthening of actions. In 2023, the continuity of the action aiming urban and periurban agriculture was announced through the Sampa+Rural program. The program’s goal is to structure places of sustainable agriculture through technical assistance, helping urban gardens and small farmers to be involved in practices such as circular economy and agroecological production. 
Decorative image from the São Paulo Project depicting two of the farmers harvesting by hand.
Image by Thiago Benedetti / PMSP

In GOGREEN, we define the green SDGs as the following SDGs: SDG 6, SDG 7, SDG 11, SDG 12, SDG 13, SDG 14, SDG 15

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