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Reflexive governance for food security: The example of school feeding in Brazil

Sonnino, Roberta, Torres, Camilo Lozano and Schneider, Sergio 2014. Reflexive governance for food security: The example of school feeding in Brazil. Journal of Rural Studies 36 , pp. 1-12. 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.06.003

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In the last decade, the unfolding of a “new food equation” has raised the need to address food security more structurally and systemically. This paper aims to progress this debate through a focus on Brazil, where food security policies are embedded into a “reflexive governance” framework that facilitates learning, adaptation and collaboration between actors at different scales and stages of the food system. Based on key legislation and policy documents, the analysis of school feeding as an example of food security intervention context provides two insights. First, it highlights the importance of broadening participation in the governance system to actors who have been neglected by discourses on food security, with their narrow focus on the two ends of the food system. Second, it emphasizes the need to foster social learning not just across governance scales (vertically) but also between communities (horizontally) to ensure that alternative practices coalesce into a more coherent platform that can address an increasingly uneven geography of food security.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food security; Reflexive governance; School food; Food policy in Brazil.
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0743-0167
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 April 2016
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 15:20

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