Semear Network
Agroecology on the Municipal Agenda

Semear means “to seed.” The Semear Network was formed in 2015 to expand the public conversation about urban agriculture in the city of Florianópolis (SC, Brazil). Shortly thereafter, in 2017, the "Municipal Program for Urban Agriculture of Florianópolis" was created by decree, which is currently called "Cultiva Floripa" (Grow Floripa). This legislative measure may have modest impacts on the increase in agroecology in the city. The achievements obtained by Rede Semear are the result of the efforts of its members: People from civil society, the government and NGOs such as the Center for Studies and Promotion of Group Agriculture (CEPAGRO). Rede Semear works by discussing topics such as: healthy eating, awareness, education, integration and health of the population. 

 

Nurse and public employee, Francisca works at the Health Department of Florianópolis. She sees urban gardens as serving an important function in strengthening public health. 

Urban agriculture and health

Zenilto works at the Companhia de Melhoramentos da Capital (COMCAP, or the “Capital Improvement Company”), in Florianópolis, Brazil. He talks about the role of public institutions in supporting urban agriculture and their potential to influence food security and public health

Urban Agriculture with Rural Characteristics 

Érika is a member of the Center for Studies and Promotion of Group Agriculture (CEPAGRO) . She shares her reflections on discussions within Rede Semear about agriculture practiced within the city of Florianópolis (SC), Brazil, and what it means to support urban agriculture in areas that are more rural in character. 

Exchanges of information and knowledge  

Silvane is a biologist and environmental educator. She talks about Rede Semear as a space for knowledge exchanges

Difficulties to overcome  

Alesio is an expert on Non-Conventional Food Plants (PANCs) and longtime resident of Florianópolis. He share about the history food in the city and how it has changed over time.

Florianópolis' Changing Foodscape

Pursuing Change 

Daiana is a representative of the Companhia de Melhoramentos da Capital (COMCAP) at Rede Semear. She talks about environmental awareness in Florianópolis and her perception that people in this city want to change their relation to nature. 

Municipal Meeting of Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture 

Since 2016 Rede Semear Floripa organized the Municipal Meeting of Urban Agriculture. The event serves as a showcase and space for discussion about the priorities in the urban agroecological movement. 

Municipal Meeting of Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture  

Common themes

The Semear Floripa Network is an initiative that supports urban agriculture in Florianópolis (SC, Brazil), but it also engages with other political of relevance to the wider agroecology movement, including problems of urban sprawl, pollution and urban infrastructure.  

Connections

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Discover the project that, through composting, revolutionized a community

Little Buckets

Revolution 

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Little Buckets

Revolution

This agroecological  community garden is located in the Campeche neighborhood in Florianópolis (SC), Brazil. 

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PACUCA

Community Garden

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PACUCA

Community Garden

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Professor Ribas of the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) talks about urban agriculture in marginalized communities.

The Garden on the Margins

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The Garden on the Margins

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Political Advocacy 

Political

Advocacy

Agroecological movements aim to make changes in political and other institutions that have effects for supporting agroecology in the city and in the countryside. 

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The Center for Studies and Promotion of Group Agriculture is an agroecological organization that establishes connections between countryside, city and the academic community. 

CEPAGRO

CEPAGRO

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Three people involved in agroecological issues talk about the role of urban people in helping to address problems in the countryside. 

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Urban People and the Countryside

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Urban People and the Countryside

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Agroecology is a way of life and a way of knowing.  

Agroecological

Education

Agroecological

Education

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Acting through 

Networks 

Agroecological networks exist in the city, in the country, and across the city and the country.

  

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Acting through 

Networks