Public policies and food systems in Latin America

by Jean-François Le Coq (editorial coordination), Catia Grisa (editorial coordination), Stéphane Guéneau (editorial coordination), Paulo Niederle (editorial coordination)
february 2022
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Food problems are the order of the day. Solving the problems of hunger and malnutrition, producing and guaranteeing access to healthy food, preserving the environment, valuing local cultures and ensuring citizen participation are some of the many challenges that permeate the dynamics of food systems.

This book addresses the role of Latin American public policies and actions in the configuration of healthy and sustainable food systems. Written by scholars specialized in various disciplines (economy, sociology, policy science, etc.) and hailing from ten Latin American countries, it provides a historical overview of national food policies, examines recent policy changes and explores innovative urban and rural experiences at local level. The authors also discuss the challenges of developing specific policy objectives related to sustainable food systems. 

This book shows how référentiels for public food policies have become more integrated in Latin America and takes a closer look at several promising local initiatives. However, it also highlights the many constraints in fostering sustainable food systems in the region, such as persistent competition among production models, land tenure inequalities and coordination issues among actors and state bodies.

It will be of interest to a scientific audience of teachers and food systems professionals, as well as any readers interested in policy dynamics in Latin America.

Read the foreword: Patrick Caron CIRAD, Vice-President, University of Montpellier

Table of contents



Part I. Regional food policy analysis

1. Food policies and the politicization of food: the Latin American experience

2. Futures studies and the food question in Latin America: a literature review

3. International organizations and the evolution of food security public policy référentiel in Latin America and the Caribbean

Part II. A historical overview of national food policies

4. Social history and institutional change in Nicaragua’s agricultural

and food policies

5. Food security and sovereignty in Paraguay: who are public policies aimed at?

6. Historical evolution of institutions and public policies for sustainable food security in Mexico: continuities and ruptures

7. Public policies and agriculture: historical analysis of their effects on the structure of the Bolivian food system

8. Public policies and the food system in Chile

Part III. Recent changes in national food policies

9. Food policies in Argentina: the challenges of implementing an agenda for sustainable systems with a social inclusion component

10. Changes in food programs and consumption patterns in Peru between 2004 and 2018

11. Changes in food programs and consumption patterns in Peru

between 2004 and 2018

Part IV. Building food policies and actions in regions and cities

12. The process of politicizing food sustainability in the city of Brasilia: towards a transition of the local food system?

13. Building an urban food policy: the case of Cali, Colombia

14. The sustainable transformation of food systems and their impact on food and nutritional security: the case of the municipality of San Ramón, Nicaragua

15. Development of and changes in public food and nutrition security policy in the department of Antioquia, Colombia

Part V. The challenges of specific food policies

16. The politicization of public food procurement in Brazilian state governments: actors and ideas in the creation of sustainable food systems

17. Family farming food and its relationship with the state: the crystallization of differentiated norms within Argentina’s public policy agenda

18. Public procurement from Uruguayan family producers and fishers and cross-cutting rural development policies

19. Soy on one side, livestock on the other: the food issue with regard to indigenous people and public policies in Paraguay

List of Spanish or Portuguese acronyms

About the authors


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Gourmand Awards 2022 - Finaliste dans la catégorie Food Systems
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Language(s): English

Publisher: Éditions Quae

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Update Sciences & technologies

Published: 25 february 2022

Reference Book: 02829

Reference eBook [PDF]: 02829NUM

Reference eBook [ePub]: 02829EPB

EAN13 Book: 9782759235353

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759235360

EAN13 eBook [ePub]: 9782759235377

Interior: Black & white

Format (in mm) Book: 160 x 240

Pages count Book: 446

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 446

Weight (in grammes): 970

Size: 5,1 Mo (PDF), 3,1 Mo (ePub)


  • Présentation de 3 ouvrages des éditions Quae autour de l’alimentation

    Présentation de trois ouvrages sur les systèmes alimentaires : Une écologie de l’alimentation Comment étudier les #mangeurs et leur #alimentation ? Public policies and #FoodSystems in Latin America En présence de Nicolas Bricas, chercheur au Cirad et titulaire de la Chaire Unesco alimentation du monde et avec la participation à distance de Jean-François Lecoq, chercheur au Cirad.

    © Cirad, 2022

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