The GenerACTOR project intends to create a solidarity network on Urban Agriculture (AU), connecting the urban areas concerned to generate new connections within vulnerable communities and with the representatives of the local administration of the city of Barranquilla and the Italian partners in the Lazio region. .
the interventions to be implemented during the 3 years of the project (January 2022 – December 2024) focus mainly on nature-based solutions that encourage sustainable, profitable, versatile and flexible alternatives to support the development of a resilient local economy. Urban Agriculture involves families and communities that grow crops within their plots (agriculture in 5 urban areas of the city of Barranquilla), on urban public land or on institutional land such as schools and hospitals. It can also include the use of abandoned or underused open spaces. Innovative methods will be incorporated to make the most of limited space and resources, including vertical gardens made with bags and hydroponic systems that use mineral nutrient solutions instead of soil.
The GenerACTOR logic of intervention has been adopted to favor new models of urban development in order to implement the commitments of the Global Green Deal and the SDGs and promote the integration of the most vulnerable populations and the reduction of their levels of vulnerability. The economic and social situation of Barranquilla in the post-covid context and the high number of Venezuelan migrants in the city testify to the importance of the project. The main assumption for the intervention is that no major external political, social or economic events adversely affect the relationship between residents and local authorities and that no significant change in the political reality of Venezuela leads to massive waves of migrants returning to their homeland. This project action also aims to strengthen the multi-level governance of the city of Barranquilla and to reduce the levels of poverty and food insecurity of the most vulnerable communities (especially migrants), in the long term helping to promote inclusion and sustainability urban development in the city of Barranquilla in line with the SDGs and the Global Green Deal.