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Global Challenges Lecture: Urban Homegardens in the Rainforest

  • Dr. Antoinette WinklerPrins
Thursday 28 April 2016
LUC The Hague Global Challenges Lecture Series
Leiden University College The Hague
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595DG Den Haag
Auditorium (room 2.21)


Rapid urbanisation continues in the Amazon region of Brazil without substantial economic development and the creation of wage-earning opportunities for recent arrivals. Not surprisingly, this leads to significant reliance on the informal sector for survival in the city. This lecture considers spontaneous urban agriculture on the part of recent migrants from a rural floodplain region of the municipality of SantarĂ©m, ParĂ¡ who rely on the production of crops and other plant material in their homegardens as a means of self-provisioning. 
Women are the keepers of these homegardens, and these places display significant agrodiversity and have become spaces of in-situ conservation of neo-tropical as well as old world species and varieties. This suggests a need to be more inclusive in conceptualizing strategies of agrobiodiversity conservation in the region.

Dr. WinklerPrins' work also demonstrates that cultivation of crops and medicinals in the space around dwellings provides households with critical foods and medicines that can be consumed, gifted, bartered, or sold. This offers a small measure of food and financial security to newly urbanized households, especially their female members, and is a strategy that could be supported through appropriate local policy.



Dr. Antoinette WinklerPrins pursued and completed a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, working under the supervision of Karl Zimmerer, and with a minor in soil science. She is now the Director for Environmental Programs at Johns Hopkins University. 
Antoinette WinklerPrins is a people-environment geographer specialising in nature-society relations, with an emphasis on cultural landscapes and environmental knowledge systems. She has investigated how people have and continue to transform their landscapes as they adapt and adjust to changing socio-economic and environmental circumstances, especially in the Brazilian Amazon, but also in Kenya and Mexico.

Date, time and venue

Thursday 28 april 2016 
Auditorium Leiden University College 
Anna van Buerenplein 301 
The Hague


The lecture is free and open to everyone. To ensure a seat, please register in advance, as there are limited seats available.

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