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Past Program

May 01 - May 08, 2002

Achieving Food Security Through Community-based Food Systems

Session 398

Abstract

Despite international efforts to eradicate hunger and a commitment by national governments to achieve universal food security, it is estimated that more than eight hundred million people, most of them children, do not have access to adequate nutrition. Various approaches to achieving food security have been attempted - from improved agricultural techniques, to the introduction of new technologies, to the creation of national and international policies that focus on human and sustainable development. One particularly successful strategy for improving food security is the creation and expansion of community-based food systems; it provides not only poor families and children with access to adequate food supplies, but adds economic value to families in these communities.

 

This session will focus on successful community-based food systems that are increasing health and nutrition in underserved communities around the world, and which are also promoting the health of local economies. Useful models from the local level, with an emphasis on successful methodologies implemented in Latin America and Africa, will be considered for possible replication. Attention will also be given to strategic resource investment as a way of expanding community-based solutions to food security challenges.