Toward a food policy for Latin America's urban areas: Lima as a case study

Ferroni, M.A. and Whyte, W.F. (1976) Toward a food policy for Latin America's urban areas: Lima as a case study. Other. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

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problems, not the least of which relate to food. This paper attaches numbers to urban food consumption as determined by the distribution of income, since quantitative knowledge of the problem is a prerequisite for the successful formulation of remedial policy. Itviews the existence of nutritional deficiencies in the Latin American urban areas as part of the greater probem of poverty produced by insufficient job opportunities. The food and nutrition policy elements suggested to Latin American citiestherefore are necessarily general development measures designed to abolish poverty.Most of the data used are from a recent, nationwide food consumption survey. Also included in the report are an overview of urbanization inLatin America and a summaryof the specific process of urbanization inPeru. An examination of urban employmentand income distribution precedes the analysis of food consumption patterns inLima. Finally, elements of a food and nutrition policy for Latin American urban centers are suggested. Among the recommendations isthat nutrition intervention programs be implemented, because their benefits outweigh the costs accuring to society from inadequate nutrition of some of its members. Short-term measures aimed at direct nutrition aid (monetary or other) cannot be justified economically, because economic benefits of nutrition intervention programs are nil unless the beneficiaries are given jobs

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Author Affiliation: Department of Agricultural Economics, New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Subjects: Postharvest Management > Food Technology
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2012 10:28
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2012 10:28

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