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Food (in)security in urban peripheries: the case of Maré, Rio de Janeiro

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posted on 29.08.2019 by Antonis Vradis, Timo Bartholl
This article discusses urban food insecurity and the right to the city in the case of Brazil overall, and in the Maré complex of favelas in Rio de Janeiro in particular. It presents the key questions that guided our research project, Nutricities, as these stemmed from our four working groups on urban agriculture; agroecological markets and food distribution; the genealogies of pacification; and food sovereignty in the favela. In addition, the article presents the action-research approach deployed by our team for the study of food insecurity. This study was situated in the context of the increasing securitisation of Brazilian urban peripheries, and the ensuing obstacles caused to their populations’ right to the city—by which we mean their claim to fundamental urban rights, which include access to affordable and good-quality food. The article proposes the agroecological approach as a potential avenue to reach popular food sovereignty in the areas where this prospect seems most distant at present: the urban peripheries of the Global South.

Funding

British Academy Cities & Infrastructure Programme

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School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Journal of the British Academy

Volume

7

Issue

s2

Pages

245 - 260

Publisher

The British Academy

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The British Academy

Publication date

2019-08-07

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

2052–7217

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Antonis Vradis

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