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Global Economic Institutions: Change, Dialogue and Public Policy 
Achieving Food Security Through Community-based Food Systems
01 May - 08 May, 2002
 The Global Entrepreneurial City

Faculty:
Miguel Altieri - Associate Professor and Associate Entomologist, Center for Biological Control, University of California, Berkeley; Technical Advisor, CLADES, Santiago, Chile
Margarita Barney de Cruz - President and Co-Founder, Group to Promote Education and Sustainable Development (GRUPEDSAC), Naucalpan, Mexico
Heliodoro Diaz-Cisneros - Program Director, Latin American and the Caribbean, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Michigan
Susan Kaaria - Senior Research Fellow, International Centre of Tropical Agriculture, Cali, Colombia
Rajul Pandya-Lorch - Head, 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Initiative, International Food Policy Research Institute, CGIAR, Washington, DC
Jules Pretty - Professor of Environment and Society, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, Colchester UK
Estifanos Tekle - Consultant, Food Security and Nutrition, Mesk Consult, Nairobi, Kenya

Additional Session Support:
Frances Hansford (Resource Specialist)  
Oran Hesterman (Resource Specialist)  
Sarah Hesterman (Resource Specialist)  
Craig Russon (Resource Specialist)  
Frank Taylor (Resource Specialist)  

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.


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