A better food environment needs a more holistic, inclusive approach to policy making. The City of São Paulo has a programme called ‘Ligue os Pontos’ or “Connect the dots,” recognising that an integrated food and farming policy supports rural economies, while supplying the city with fresh, organic produce.
The scheme is centred in Parelheiros, a vast rural district that lies just 25 miles from the centre of Brazil’s financial and cultural capital, where more than 400 farmers grow vegetables and rear livestock. The programme supports them with technical assistance and resources.
Under the scheme farmers are encouraged to shift to agroecological practices. The city purchases produce from farmers, certified under this scheme, at 30% above market value, which helps to incentivise the transition to organic, regenerative practices. Ecological farming so close to the city promotes food security, population health and reduces food miles.
Francisco Castro, Special Advisor for Sustainability, City of São Paulo, Brazil:
“We must address local agriculture in the fight against climate change. It’s how we produce and consume - it’s the full circle.”
Find out more about this integrated approach to food and farming in São Paulo in this film by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation.