Linking Brazil’s food security policies to agricultural change

Johan A. Oldekop, Michael Jahi Chappell, Felipe E. Borges Peixoto, Adriano Pereira Paglia, Marina Schmoeller do Prado Rodrigues, Karl L. Evans

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Abstract

Poverty, food security, and sustainability are intimately intertwined, driving conflict and synergy between environmental and societal concerns. Brazil’s flagship food security policies were implemented over a decade ago to address these issues simultaneously. Global institutions have pledged over 2 million US$ to develop similar programs in sub-Saharan Africa, yet empirical assessments of many aspects of these policies are still lacking. We focus on a case study in the state of Minas Gerais and assess the agricultural and environmental impacts of the Purchase with Simultaneous Donation (PSD) program. The PSD provides stable markets as incentives to diversify production, but we find no effect of participation on changes in local agricultural practices, production or income. While some farms are expanding, regional agricultural production appears to be declining due to local economic development and related shortages in farm labor. The PSD’s limited impact arises because most farmers only participate irregularly, typically during the dry season when the program offers higher prices than the local market price. Furthermore, participation is constrained by the specific nature of PSD contracts and centralized governance of the program. We complement these findings with data from the Brazilian Ministry of Social Development and the 2006 agricultural census, which show substantial variation in the availability of PSD initiatives, and the funding allocated to them at local, regional and national levels. We suggest that adaptive management strategies that can respond to local market conditions could lead to more equitable and efficient food security and agricultural policies in Brazil and elsewhere.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)779-793
Number of pages15
JournalFood Security
Volume7
Issue number4
Early online date16 Jun 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

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Keywords

  • Agricultural intensification Land abandonment Rural development Small-scale farming
  • land abandonment
  • rural development
  • small-scale farmimg

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Oldekop, J. A., Chappell, M. J., Peixoto, F. E. B., Paglia, A. P., Schmoeller do Prado Rodrigues, M., & Evans, K. L. (2015). Linking Brazil’s food security policies to agricultural change. Food Security, 7(4), 779-793. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-015-0475-4

Linking Brazil’s food security policies to agricultural change. / Oldekop, Johan A.; Chappell, Michael Jahi; Peixoto, Felipe E. Borges; Paglia, Adriano Pereira; Schmoeller do Prado Rodrigues, Marina; Evans, Karl L.

In: Food Security, Vol. 7, No. 4, 08.2015, p. 779-793.

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Oldekop, JA, Chappell, MJ, Peixoto, FEB, Paglia, AP, Schmoeller do Prado Rodrigues, M & Evans, KL 2015, 'Linking Brazil’s food security policies to agricultural change' Food Security, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 779-793. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-015-0475-4
Oldekop JA, Chappell MJ, Peixoto FEB, Paglia AP, Schmoeller do Prado Rodrigues M, Evans KL. Linking Brazil’s food security policies to agricultural change. Food Security. 2015 Aug;7(4):779-793. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-015-0475-4
Oldekop, Johan A. ; Chappell, Michael Jahi ; Peixoto, Felipe E. Borges ; Paglia, Adriano Pereira ; Schmoeller do Prado Rodrigues, Marina ; Evans, Karl L. / Linking Brazil’s food security policies to agricultural change. In: Food Security. 2015 ; Vol. 7, No. 4. pp. 779-793.
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