Mexico City eyes roof terraces to alleviate food crisis

The mayor of the Mexican capital is expanding a "backyard agriculture programme" as a solution to soaring food costs, the Financial Times reported on Saturday.

Launched last year by mayor Marcelo Ebrard, the plan encourages residents in Mexico City to use any available space to grow crops.

"We want to make people realise that they can use their gardens, yards and roof terraces to grow food," the report quoted Adolfo López
Villanueva, the programme’s director, as saying. "With the climate we have in Mexico City you can get between two and three harvests a year
and that would help families keep costs down."

The city government gives families technical support and agricultural supplies to help grow carrots, potatoes, onions, tomatoes and
chillies, the report said.

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