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Urban Food Security Policy: The Case of Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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The present paper discusses the case of an urban, local government program for food security. The objectives are 1) to describe the main projects under this program; and 2) to suggest some of the factors leading to, or accounting for, the program’s apparent success. Although it concludes that it is premature to see this experience as a "model", the paper argues that, as a possible, rare example of success in this area, the case of Belo Horizonte, Brazil deserves further scrutiny and wider attention.

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