WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities


Sustainable Food Production for a Resilient Rosario

Rosario's urban agriculture program has sparked a citywide remediation of vacant land for sustainable and healthy food production and increased climate resilience.



Initially launched in the wake of the Argentinian economic crisis of 2001, Rosario’s flagship urban and peri-urban agriculture program has become a cornerstone of the city’s response to increased flooding and heat events.


The jury was struck by the program’s extensive impact on people’s livelihoods and systematic approach to land use change. Designed to help improve food security and nutrition for low-income residents, the program now also increases resilience to extreme climate events and reduce carbon emissions via more compact food supply chains.