Hans Dieter Temp was born on 04.11.1964 in São Borja in Rio Grande do Sul. He grew up in the small town of Agudo in the same state.
Maternal and paternal temp comes from German immigrants. Friedrich Temp, his great-grandfather on his father’s side, came to Brazil in 1886 as a toddler with his parents from what was then West Prussia. The great-grandmother had immigrated from Austria.
On the maternal side, immigration happened a generation later. Alwine Winter, Temps grandmother from Metzingen / Neuhausen, emigrated to Brazil in the 1920s, as did his grandfather, Dusseldorf-born, Alfred Fette.
„As part of my work as Project Coordinator of the Municipality of São Paulo, I realized at some point that too much power and work is wasted on administrative and administrative tasks.“
The families were rooted in their German traditions and the German language. While Friedrich, who was just two years old when he came to Brazil, spoke better Portuguese than German, Alwine, Temp’s grandmother, behaved differently. She was at home in the German language, she barely spoke Portuguese all her life.
Temp’s parents, Ingrid Irmgard Fette and Guido Otmar Temp, spoke both languages, with the mother speaking German significantly better than the father.
Both families were active in agriculture, albeit to varying degrees. While Friedrich, the great-grandfather, worked full-time in agriculture, Alwine and Alfred, who was a framer, led their farm, on the fruit trees and vegetables were planted, only part-time.
Guido Otmar Temp, the father of Hans Dieter Temp, who had taken over the parental farm, built the 7.7-acre estate to a farm, which was later transferred to son Victor Claus.
Rüdiger Temp, the younger brother of Hans Dieter, took over six years ago the great-grandfather’s farm and grows there primarily vegetables, mainly manioc.
Hans Dieter Temp in turn inherited a plot and a house in Agudo. But it pulled the young man into the distance. He went to Rio de Janeiro, where he studied business administration from 1985 to 1988. He also began his professional life in the city on Sugar Loaf, where he remained until 1992.
In 1993, Temp traveled to Germany for the first time. Together with his mother, he wanted to get to know the country of his ancestors, to deepen his language skills and to learn more about German culture.
The almost 30-year-old was especially impressed by German organic agriculture. For Temp, who had been interested in the Amazon since his childhood and had long been considering working in the environmental sector, the opportunity arose there to complete a two-year apprenticeship as a farmer at the Sophienhof by Peter Bosch in Tübingen. From 1993 to 1995, he learned a lot about organic farming at the farm, which specializes in fruit and cereal farming and milk production.
To deepen, Temp followed a nearly eight-month course in environmental policy, which he finished in 1996.
In the same year, Temp returned to Brazil. There he gained his first work experience in the social sector in the SOS Children’s Village Poá, not far from the megacity São Paulo.
He worked for the organization for two years before moving to the city administration of São Paulo in 2000. As a manager, he helped to set up the Secretaria de Relações Internacionais da Prefeitura de São Paulo, the São Paulo City Government’s International Relations Office, and was the administrative coordinator and financier.
„As part of my work as Project Coordinator of the Municipality of São Paulo, I realized at some point that too much power and work is wasted on administrative and administrative tasks. The actual problems of local people in the city districts can only be addressed inadequately, as the city administration often misses the basic requirements for those responsible and those affected outside, „Temp notes.
„It became my concern to close this gap and to be present locally as a coordinator and neighborhood or network worker,“ explains Temp. So he started in December 2003 with the founding process of the organization STÄDTE OHNE HUNGER and finished in 2004 his activity for the city administration.
As a result, Temp completed several specialization courses in the Third Sector. At the renowned Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo, he took a course for social workers and income generation projects managers.
He attended a seminar on project management methods at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in São Paulo and attended a course in project management for social projects at BrazilFoundation.
CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER
Community Gardens Project
CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER aims to transform unused public and private plots of land into useful community gardens. The precarious situation of the people living in the favelas (slums) in the East Area of the megacity can be greatly improved through sustainable agrarian projects based on organic agriculture.
→ To date CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER has started up 25 community gardens.
→ 115 people have become community gardeners. This means that along with their families some 650 people benefit from the project by having their livelihood guaranteed.
→ CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER has organized 48 professional qualification courses. Around 1,000 people have qualified in agriculture or commerce.
School Gardens Project
The primary goal of the School Gardens Project is to give children in deprived regions of São Paulo access to healthy food and to prevent malnutrition. Furthermore, parents and teachers get involved and educate the children about healthy food and respect for the environment.
→ CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER has to date started and built 38 gardens in public schools and institutions.
→ Up to now the project has reached 14,506 children.
→ The School Gardens Project has improved the diet of several thousand children.
Agricultural Greenhouses Project
CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER has developed a technology for building agricultural greenhouses which is more cost effective than the traditional method using aluminum and galvanized steel. By using alternative materials the project has saved 50% of the costs while maintaining excellent results.
→ Independent of weather conditions, the agricultural greenhouses are able to provide a constant harvest and therefore a reliable income for the families who work in them.
→ So far, CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER has built seven greenhouses.
→ Two more agricultural greenhouses are being planned.
Small Family Farms Project
The success of the Community Gardens Project in São Paulo has enabled the project to be set up in the small rural city of Agudo in Rio Grande do Sul, the southern-most Brazilian state. This small city which since the 1980’s has relied only on tobacco production is now facing difficulties with monoculture.
→ Currently three farmers are being trained in multiple cropping.
→ The project is already using two greenhouses which have been developed with the CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER technology.