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The Food Security Policy Context in Brazil


  • Danuta Chmielewska

    () (International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth)

  • Darana Souza

    () (International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth)


Brazil currently offers an important conceptual framework for food and nutritional security, and a relevant context of related public policy and programming. Recently, moreover, the country included the right to food among the social rights stipulated in its constitution. These achievements are the result of a longstanding process of public intervention and broad social mobilisation that has involved a variety of stakeholders from the government and civil society. As far as public programming is concerned, several actions that may reflect on food and nutritional conditions were taken in Brazil throughout the twentieth century, such as the minimum wage in 1940, supply programmes, school meals and dining halls for workers in the 1950s, and food supplement programmes in the 1970s (CONSEA, 2009). (...)

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  • Danuta Chmielewska & Darana Souza, 2011. "The Food Security Policy Context in Brazil," Country Study 22, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipc:cstudy:22

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    1. Marcelo Medeiros & Tatiana Britto & Fabio Veras Soares, 2008. "Targeted Cash Transfer Programmes in Brazil: BPC and the Bolsa Familia," Working Papers 46, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
    2. Danuta Chmielewska & Darana Souza, 2010. "Market Alternatives for Smallholder Farmers in Food Security Initiatives: Lessons from the Brazilian Food Acquisition Programme," Working Papers 64, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
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    1. Olivier Ecker & Marc Nene, 2013. "Nutrition Policies in Developing Countries: Challenges and Highlights," Working Papers id:5241, eSocialSciences.


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