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The Fight Against Hunger and MalnutritionThe Role of Food, Agriculture, and Targeted Policies$
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David E. Sahn

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733201.001.0001

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Social Mobilization and Food Security

Social Mobilization and Food Security

The Contribution of Organized Civil Society to Hunger Reduction Policies in Latin America

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The Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition

Marygold Walsh-Dilley

Wendy Wolford

Oxford University Press

Among Per Pinstrup-Andersen’s most important contributions to contemporary understandings of hunger, malnutrition, and food security has been his emphasis on the distribution of food, and the critical role of government interventions in getting food into the mouths of the most vulnerable and insecure. This chapter builds on this work and argues that the nature of a government’s interventions in food security depends at least in part on state–society relations, or the relationships between the state and civil society organizations (CSOs) and social movements. The chapter focuses on contemporary Latin America and argues that organized civil society groups pressure governments to enact anti-hunger legislation and implement far-reaching food security programs. It highlights seven ways in which civil society contributes to government hunger commitments and the development of effective programming on food security: state formation, giving voice to excluded and vulnerable groups, framing, targeting, oversight, pressure, and project implementation.

Keywords:   food security, Latin America, civil society organizations, CSOs, social movements, state–society relations, hunger commitment

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