Medellin is the second-largest city in Colombia with a population of approximately 2.5M. Despite this, its rural heritage is still an integral part of the city’s identity, linked to people’s pride in their place of origin and traditions.
The potential of Medellin’s social capital is thus linked to its history of resilience to adversity through collective action and innovative skills. About 25 percent of the city’s population is between 15 and 29. Although the regional government has tried to improve the quality of education for youth, schools suffer from inadequate resources.
Located in an area with fertile soil and an ideal climate for farming, Medellin´s wide variety of crops has contributed significantly to the city’s growth and local livelihoods. Medellin is therefore dedicated to implementing policies and initiatives that create a sustainable food system. One of its significant policies focuses on promoting healthy eating habits among young children and adolescents. Medellin also supports incubation centers, start-up accelerators, and funding schemes to promote youth entrepreneurship.Urban Futures is working with Mi Sangre Foundation and various other partners involved in the policies and processes mentioned above.