An urban agriculture policy for sustainable and nutritious food – Córdoba, Argentina

Key Insights

  • Establishing a cohesive urban agriculture policy spanning various levels of government
  • Nurturing environmentally responsible and job-generating agricultural practices
  • Developing a model agroecological garden


According to an UN report, in 2018 over five million people experienced food insecurity and when accounting for occasional food insecurity it increases to 14 million people. In response to Argentina’s food crisis, the Municipality of Córdoba City, in partnership with various entities including the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the National Institute of Agricultural Technology and others, initiated the “Fomentando Huertas” programme. This endeavour aims to craft an extensive urban agriculture policy encompassing different parts of government. Its central objective revolves around advancing environmentally sustainable agriculture that generates employment opportunities. The programme encourages the self-production of nutritious food through sustainable farming practices, with a strong emphasis on the responsible utilisation of natural resources and food sovereignty. In the years 2020 and 2021, a model agroecological garden was established and 60 training and workshop sessions on diverse topics have been organised.

Food Action Cities. (2023, October 28) . An urban agriculture policy for sustainable and nutritious food – Córdoba, Argentina,  Food Action Cities.–cordoba-argentina/(opens in a new tab)

The city of Córdoba, Argentina is part of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. 

Photo by Oskari Kettunen

The action and its aims

“Fomentando Huertas” aims to create a unified urban agriculture policy that extends across various departments of government. Its primary objective revolves around fostering environmentally sustainable agricultural practices that create employment opportunities. Some of the key aspirations of “Fomentando Huertas” include enhancing the community’s quality of life, instilling a habit among families to consume self-produced food, encouraging vegetable cultivation in the community and at schools, educating about the advantages of good nutrition, improving the nutritional well-being of families, and fostering solidarity and collaborative efforts among neighbours. 
The Municipal School of Agroecological Gardens was founded with the mission of promoting agroecology and providing assistance to organisations and groups engaged in community gardening within the city.

When it was introduced

The project was introduced in 2020 and will run until 2024.

Why it was needed

According to a U.N. report, the population in Argentina facing severe food insecurity increased from 2.5 million to five million between 2014 and 2018. When considering those who occasionally have difficulties sourcing healthy, fresh nutritious food, the total reaches 14 million individuals, accounting for 32% of the country’s population. The City of Córdoba created a policy to tackle this issue. 

Who initiated it, who is involved

This initiative is a collaborative effort between the municipality of Córdoba, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the Green Spaces Directorate and the Social Economy Directorate, in partnership with the National Institute of Agricultural Technology, the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, the Secretary of Family Agriculture of the Province of Córdoba, and the Movement of Workers of the Popular Economy. It actively engages multiple stakeholders from civil society, including NGOs, the private sector, neighbourhood centres, and senior centres. 

Impacts to date

Throughout 2020 and 2021, a model agroecological garden was developed and 60 training workshops on diverse urban agriculture topics were conducted. This effort led to the formation of a network of community gardens in 2021. In 2022, the Municipal School of Agroecological Gardens was founded, with a central mission to promote agroecology and provide support to organisations and groups engaged in community gardening within the city. This support included workshops, the provision of necessary resources, and comprehensive training.

Do you have an update to this case study?

Contact us

Further reading

What can you do?

Learn about more themes and topics

Share your city’s case study and lessons learned

Sign up to receive updates

Learn more about upcoming events and other highlights 

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Food System

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a significant number of interconnected objectives related to agriculture and food. Learn more about the FoodActionCities themes.

Contact details


Related case studies