Spaces for dialogue on food security at the municipal level



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Discussion n.1 – 24.03.2014 / 14.04.2014 PROCEEDINGS












Spaces for dialogue on food security
at the municipal level

Collection of contributions received


http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/righttofood/fs-dialogue-municipal-level

Table of Contents

Introduction to the topic 3

Contributions received 4

1. Carlos Alberto Hernandez Porras, COKOMAL, Costa Rica 4

2. Oswell Jeranyama, Community Based Organisation, South Africa 5

3. Donald Kasongi, Governance Links Tanzania , United Republic of Tanzania 5

4. Jhanette Veronica Mamani Chambi, Bolivia 5

5. Maria Janeth Jimenez Escobar, Colombia 6

6. Ricardo Sánchez Villagrán, SVyAsoc Trazabilidad, Argentina 8

7. Gonzalo Ibiett, UMSA, Bolivia 10

8. Ana Maria Aguilar, Universidad Mayor de San Andres, Bolivia 11

9. Delicia Coronado, ESCAES, Peru 12

10. Ciro Kopp Valdivia FAO, Bolivia - Facilitator of the discussion 14

11. Alenkar Bento Seoane, Bolivia 17

12. Ricardo Sánchez Villagrán, SVyAsoc Trazabilidad, Argentina 19

13. Gonzalo Ibiett, UMSA, Bolivia 19

14. Raúl Vidal, Universidad, Bolivia 20

15. Dinorah Lopez, FIAN México, Mexico 21

16. Ronald Mario Vallejos Poma, Gobierno Autonomo Departamental de Oruro, Bolivia 23

17. Luis Alberto Rico Aranibar, FAO, Bolivia 24

18. Luis Alberto Rico Aranibar, FAO, Bolivia 25

19. Donald Kasongi, Governance Links Tanzania, Tanzania 26

20. Oswell Jeranyama, Community Based Organisation, South Africa 27

21. Rimsky Chávez, Bolivia 27

22. Raúl Vidal, Universidad, Bolivia 28

23. Ronald Mario Vallejos Poma, Gobierno Autonomo Departamental de Oruro, Bolivia 28

24. Vladimir Camacho Ramírez, Fundación FIOCRUZ, Bolivia 29

25. Jorge Ulises Gonzalez Briones, FAO, Nicaragua 30

26. Douglas Martínez, Ministerio de Salud Bolivia, Bolivia 31

27. Panagiótis Paraskevás 33

28. Maria Janeth Jimenez Escobar, Colombia 34

29. Ciro Kopp Valdivia FAO, Bolivia - Facilitator of the discussion 35



Introduction to the topic


In several Latin American countries, recognition of the Human Right to Adequate Food has made significant advances, mainly at the level of legislations, having been integrated explicitly in constitutions, laws and other regulations. But progress at the municipal level is still at an early stage and there are very few documented experiences that can serve as reference for achieving more noticeable results.
We believe that in the case of Latin America there are conditions that could facilitate the integration of the right to food at the municipal level, including two that stand out:


  • The first condition is that since the mid 80s the region has been experiencing an ongoing process of decentralization, in which increasing responsibilities, mandates and competences on issues closely related to food and nutrition security -like health, education, food production and infrastructure-, are being transferred to municipalities.




  • The second condition is that several countries have enacted regulations on food and nutrition security and/or food sovereignty that institutionally establish municipal Councils, Committees, Commissions or working groups on food security, entities that can be understood as spaces for dialogue and coordination between municipal governments and civil society and its organizations.

These spaces for dialogue are very important, because it is expected they will promote discussion and definition of local food and nutrition security policies that consider the participation of the most vulnerable groups. In some municipalities, this space for dialogue has served to develop the municipal food safety plan by consensus, which has enabled better resource allocation. Hence, spaces for dialogue, besides promoting participation and empowerment, can be used to integrate other right to food principles like accountability, transparency and non-discrimination.


Nevertheless, its creation has not still occurred widely, and is not a guarantee of achieving functionality and results. The probable causes of this would be the lack of clarity about the role of spaces for dialogue, lack of knowledge of the regulations, or lack of political will to support them.
Thus, the aim of this forum is to reflect on issues that allow providing guidelines to develop strategies and tools for the practical implementation of the right to food at the municipal level based on the following guiding questions:
What should be the features and role of spaces for dialogue?
How can spaces for dialogue implement the right to food?
Can you share some lessons learned about the dynamics of spaces for dialogue at the municipal level?
Ciro Kopp

Contributions received



N.B.: If the contribution was received in a language other than English , the original language is reported first followed by the translation into English.

1. Carlos Alberto Hernandez Porras, COKOMAL, Costa Rica

[Original contribution in Spanish]


¿Cuáles deberían ser las características y el rol de los espacios de diálogo?
Inclusivos de los diferentes actores involucrados en el tema de derechos y acceso a la alimentación (productores, ongs, universidades, consumidores, etc)
¿De qué manera los espacios de diálogo pueden poner en práctica el derecho a la alimentación?
Son espacios donde la concertación permite sumar capacidades ,tener acceso a diversos públicos e instituciones ,trabajar en red logrando un mayor impacto ,incidencia y sensibilización al público.
¿Puede compartir algunas lecciones aprendidas sobre las dinámicas de los espacios de diálogo a nivel municipal?
Participamos en un proyecto FAO, Municipio, organización de agricultores ,ongs, que tuvo un impacto importante en el municipio de apoyo al feria del agricultor (mercado local ,donde hay una relación directa con consumidores ) se hizo campaña de sensibilización sobre importancia de apoyar la feria, del consumo de productos frescos ,frutas, el aporte cultural de los diferentes productos según regiones de donde provienen; logrando darle una mayor participación e involucramiento de la población en la feria de los agricultores.
[English translation]
What should be the features and role of spaces for dialogue?
These spaces should be inclusive for the different stakeholders involved in the issue of rights and access to food (producers, NGOs, universities, consumers, etc.).

How can spaces for dialogue implement the right to food?
These spaces encourage reaching agreements that add capabilities, allowing access to various publics and institutions, networking for greater impact, advocacy and public awareness.

Can you share some lessons learned about the dynamics of spaces for dialogue at the municipal level?
A FAO project saw the participation of the municipality, a farmers´ organization and NGOs, with significant impact in support of an agricultural fair (local market, with direct relationship with consumers). An awareness campaign on the importance of supporting the fair, the consumption of fresh products and fruits, and the cultural contribution of the different products from diverse regions of origin was launched, achieving greater participation and involvement of the population in the fair.


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