This report analyses the present status of public policies on climate change and development in Latin America focusing on the agricultural, livestock and forestry sectors. As a result of a comparative analysis of 10 national reports conducted in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay; the Regional Report identifies and analyzes specific patterns and common characteristics from agendas and climate policies of the 10 countries related to their level of implementation, the institutional strength of organizations responsible for their implementation, integration with  development policies, public participation and political support. This is the English translation of the following report published originally in Spanish.
This policy brief emerges from a process of analysis of the status and quality of the public policies on climate change and development in ten Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Colombia, El Salvador and Paraguay. It suggests that policies generated should have quality in the design, be implemented effectively, and guarantee institutional strengthening, greater awareness through social communication, and political and social support, for achieving its goals. It observes that combing integrated climate policies to sectoral and macroeconomic policies from each country is necessary. This will help to prioritize the climate agenda and include a comprehensive global and regional approach. It also emphasizes the importance of working collaboratively between public and private institutions with a multilevel approach. These recommendations look to promote the legitimacy, sustainability and real impact of policies.
Tierramérica reports on the urban food creativity of Cuba’s citizens who are growing hundreds of thousands of tonnes a year:

The urban agriculture movement in Cuba produced 409,668 tons of fresh vegetables and herbs in the first quarter of this year, and is now working to offer products even at the height of the northern summer season.

The city crops are part of a government strategy for food security, developing intensive gardens and techniques that use only organic fertilizers and pesticides.

Adolfo Rodríguez Nodals, head of the National Urban Agriculture Group, confirmed for Tierramérica that this year they hope to have 385 hectares of crops, where the plants are protected by a dark screen that absorbs 30 percent of the solar rays. The open sides allow free flow of air and help bring down scorching temperatures.

With this approach, from June through August they will be able to supply cities with green beans, beets, cucumbers, spinach, chard, lettuce, celery, parsley and watercress, he said.


The following clip from the BBC's ‘Around the World in 80 Gardens’ provides some more information on the ‘organic revolution’ sweeping Cuba:


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