Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project: Promoting Food and Nutritional Security through Institutional Markets in Brazil
The GEF-funded Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project (BFN) in Brazil aims at strengthening the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity by providing evidence of its benefits for nutrition and well-being, and mainstreaming biodiversity into national food and nutrition policies and strategies. The BFN Project in Brazil negotiated Ordinance N. 284/2018, with the official list of native species of the Brazilian socio-biodiversity with current or potential nutritional value. This legal instrument represents the recognition of nutritional native food species to guide public policies and is being used to measure and monitor the expenditures of socio-biodiversity products by PNAE, PAA and PGPM-Bio. This paper discusses how this Ordinance can facilitate greater procurement of biodiversity and greater incentives for family farmers in institutional food procurement and school feeding programs.
The GEF-funded Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project (BFN) aims at strengthening the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity by providing evidence of its benefits for nutrition and well-being, and mainstreaming biodiversity into national food and nutrition policies and strategies. The Project is led by Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey and is coordinated by Bioversity International with implementation support from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The BFN Project in Brazil started to implement activities focusing on strengthening the evidence base of the nutritional potential of native biodiversity, improving policies and markets, as well as building capacity and raising awareness in the ministries of environment, agriculture, social development, agrarian development, education and health. Since 2012, the BFN Project has been working with partners of these ministries in Brazil to raise awareness on the importance of biodiversity in the context of food and nutrition, and, also, to improve market links to ensure its uptake. This was a potential opportunity to restore ecosystems and foods that were once part of traditional diets, although, up to now, there was a crucial gap in the knowledge base with the lack of scientific information on the nutritional content of promising native food species.