A dramatic change has occurred in the flow of many types of food from the source to the table of the lowest-income, most vulnerable communities since 2002. Family production in Brazil is now purchased through institutional market programmes, and this has helped remove smallholder farmers from the back burner of the economy. This new political ingredient has also spiced up the whole recipe, which may, therefore, be exported to other countries.
In this publication, quilombolas, rural workers from MST benefited by the Land Reform, indigenous people and representatives from communities affected by dams in Brazil–jointly with the British-Irish ecumenical cooperation agency Christian Aid and its partners, Comissão, Movimento Sem Terra and Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens–, weigh those ingredients. Together, they assess the obstacles to the introduction of the government’s market access programmes.
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