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BCFN Young Earth Solutions YES! Promoting Human Local Development in Paripe, a suburban neighborhood of Salvador in Brazil, by valorizing local food production. Abstract: Guarantee access of all indispensable nutrients to all by promoting and valorizing locally produced food. Valorizing and promoting the jobs carried out by local food producers, such as fishermen, and demonstrate how important locally produced food, using natural methods is and can be for health and wellbeing. Furthermore, promote the consumption of fresh and natural food, which has not been subject to the addition of chemical ingredients. All these ideas will be promoted by the creation of a communitarian consortium of food suppliers and a local supermarket which will be run and depends exclusively from the local community, promoting transparency and whose main driver will not only be profit but also quality and healthy food. Valorize and see food as a product deriving from mother nature, where seasons and other factors have to be taken into account, and change the vision that food is a commodity like any other one in the globalized market. Promote the idea that the mass production of food can lead to the decrease in quality and healthiness of it.

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Vasco Bernardi Cristina Sodi Andrea Santi


Title  given  by  the  BCFN:  Food  and  sustainability:  How  to  reduce  the  environmental   impact,  guaranteeing  health  and  access  to  food  for  all.       Title  of  Project:     Promoting   Human   Local   Development   in   Paripe,   a   suburban   neighborhood   of   Salvador  in  Brazil,  by  valorizing  local  food  production.       Authors:  Vasco  Bernardi,  Cristina  Sodi,  Andrea  Santi     Introduction   Our  project  aims  to  create  a  simple  solution  that  gives  the  community  and  its  citizens   the  access  to  healthy  locally  produced  food,  valorizing  the  role  food  plays  for  health   and  wellbeing,  valuing  local  knowledge  and  traditions  related  to  food  and  promoting   “local  human  development”.       Why  Brazil?     Brazil  is  part  of  the  famous  BRICS,  which  are  all  deemed  to  be  at  a  similar  stage  of   newly   advanced   economic   development.   Brazil   has   been   highly   influenced   by   the   USA   in   many   ways,   and   the   way   to   produce   and   consume   food   has   been   one   of   them.     We  know  that,  “around  one  in  seven  Brazilians  are  classed  as  obese  (13.9  per  cent)   up   from   11.4   per   cent   four   years   ago   and   still   far   lower   than   the   rate   of   one   in   three   (33.8  per  cent)  in  the  US.”1  Unfortunately,  "Brazil's  obesity  rate  could  match  US  by   2022”2.     An  article  that  summarizes  the  topics  discussed  at  the  fourth  National  Conference  on   Food  Security  of  Brazil,  states  “16  million  people  who  still  live  in  extreme  poverty”3   and   “specially   among   vulnerable   groups   such   as   indigenous   people   and   the   'quilombola'   communities,   descendants   of   African   slaves,   the   problem   of   food   remains   very   serious   and   food   insecurity   continues   unabated” 4 .   The   unresolved   problem   to   distribute   food   equally,   food   for   all,   and   problems   arising   from   over-­‐ nutrition  all  meet  in  Brazil  today.       Why  Salvador  ?     The   city   of   Salvador   de   Bahia   in   Brazil   is   the   city   with   the   highest   number   of   Afro-­‐ Brazilian  descendants.  One  of  the  suburban  impoverished  suburban  neighborhoods   of  Salvador  is  Paripe.  It  is  an  impoverished  community  marginalized  in  every  sense,   from  political  decisions  or  from  access  to  public  services.  It  is  difficult  to  have  precise   and   actual   data   on   Paripe.   Nonetheless   Paripe   also   has   resources   such   as   a   good   communitarian   organization5  and   people   whose   job   involves   supplying   food   and   or   processing  it.                                                                                                                           1http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/8204625/Brazils-­‐obesity-­‐rate-­‐could-­‐match-­‐US-­‐ 2http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/8204625/Brazils-­‐obesity-­‐rate-­‐could-­‐match-­‐US-­‐ by-­‐2022.html   2http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/8204625/Brazils-­‐obesity-­‐rate-­‐could-­‐match-­‐US-­‐ by-­‐2022.html   3  3  http://www.news.va/en/news/americabrazil-­‐food-­‐security-­‐prices-­‐increase-­‐and-­‐ob   4  http://www.news.va/en/news/americabrazil-­‐food-­‐security-­‐prices-­‐increase-­‐and-­‐ob   5  http://www.amicidigianni-­‐pati.org/?page_id=438    consulted  il  13  Agosto  2012  


Our  project:  A  supplier  consortium  and  a  local  supermarket  in  Paripe     Aim  of  the  Project     • Create   a   network   of   all   the   persons   that   are   involved   in   food   supply   in   the   community.   This   includes:   fishermen,   chicken,   pork   and   cattle   farmers,   vegetable  and  fruit  producers,  women  who  process  fruit  into  jam  or  desserts,   in  simple  words  all  local  members  of  the  community  who  are  involved  in  food   in  the  supply  and  processing  of  food.     • Create  a  communitarian  consortium  of  all  the  food  suppliers.  This  consortium   will  have  the  aim  to  valorize  the  local  food  products  and  defend  those  who   supply  these  products.     • Minimize  the  steps  between  supplier  and  consumer,  in  order  to  eliminating   useless   costs   so   local   food   products   can   be   sold   at   an   accessible   price   for   the  community.   • Gather   all   the   locally   produced   and   manufactured   products   in   a   supermarket   run  by  the  consortium  of  suppliers.  This  aims  to  create  a  supermarket  that  is   not   influenced   by   the   decisions   of   multinationals   (decentralized),   be   less   vulnerable  to  volatile  food  prices,  and  will  represent  a  place  where  local  food   products  are  promoted.       Creating  a  professional  team  to  support  the  consortium     A   team   (in   partnership   with   local   universities)   will   be   created   for   and   by   the   consortium  and  it  will  be  made  up  by:       • A   local   nutritional   doctor   who   will   analyze   the   nutritional   needs   of   the   community,   in   particular   those   of   children   and   pregnant   mothers,   and   suggest  which  locally  produced  types  of  local  food  should  be  consumed  more   or  less.     • A  local  agronomist  and/or  biologist  that  will  help  optimize  the  yield  of  food   from  the  territory  using  techniques  that  have  no  impact  on  the  environment   and  minimize  food  waste.     • A   communitarian   educator   whose   goal   should   be   the   one   to   sensitize   children   and   adolescents   to   the   importance   of   following   a   “double   pyramid   diet”,   where   their   food   is   coming   from,   the   energy   and   time   used   to   produce   it,  and  therefore  not  only  the  monetary  value  it  has.     • A  professional  who  controls  the  quality  of  the  processed  and  not  processed   food  supplied  by  the  consortium.                  


Collaborators   Entities  with  which  we  are  in  touch  and  who  are  willing  to  cooperate  to  realize  this   project:     - ASSOCIAZIONI  PATI  (http://www.pati.org.br)     - Universita  UNEB  (Universidade  do  Estado  da  Bahia),  Brazil   - Cattedra  Transdisciplinare  Unesco  in  Sviluppo  Umano  e  Cultura  di  Pace   - Universita   di   Firenze,   Facoltà   di   Scienze   della   Formazione   ,   Dipartimento   di   Scienze  dell'Educazione  e  dei  processi  culturali  e  formative.   - Citizens  and  representatives  of  the  community  of  Paripe     General  Objectives:     • Promote  human  local  development     • Contribute   to   overcome   the   marginalization   of   the   community,   the   social   integration  of  young  members,  adults  and  their  families.       Specific  objectives:     1. Contribute   to   prevent   diseases   and   pathologies   that   derive   from   an   inadequate  diet.     2. Improve  the  social  economic  conditions  of  the  community  of  Paripe   3. Maximize   local   development   of   the   territory   respecting   the   environment   and   the   local   natural   resources   by   promoting   the   consumption   of   locally   produced  food  products.     4. Valorize   the   jobs   of   farmers,   grazers,   poultry   farmers,   fishermen,   and   local   food  manufacturers.     5. Sensitize   and   educate   pregnant   women   and   children   to   the   essential   role   food  plays  in  their  everyday  life.     6. Valorize  the  women’s  labor  of  the  community  of  Pairpe     7. Prefer   and   codify   the   local   methods   of   production   that   minimize   their   environmental  impact         8. Increase  local  governance     9. Increase  empowerment  of  the  women  of  Paripe     10. Valorize  the  local  culinary  culture.     11. Decrease   the   consumption   of   food   products   that   can   lead   to   non   communicable  diseases     12. Promote  a  supply  chain  with  few  steps  in  the  middle,  promoting  the  idea  of   “food  at  zero  kilometers”  and  the  benefits  deriving  from  this  philosophy.       Conclusion:     The  innovation  of  this  project  stands  in  creating  a  supermarket  that  is  run  by  local   members  of  the  community  and  the  food  in  it  supplied  by  the  local  members  of  the   community,  and  not  influenced  by  multinationals.  Profit  will  not  be  the  only  driver  of   this   supermarket,   but   quality   and   health   will   be   taken   into   account   in   this   supermarket.  The  community  of  Paripe  could  highly  benefit  from  a  project  like  this   one.       WORD  COUNT:  981  words  excluding  the  title    

 


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