The Taboo of Hunger and the Policies of Food Security: Discussions about Brazil and the U.S.

Roundtable Discussion

Title Conditional: The Taboo of Hunger and the Policies of Food Security: Discussions about Brazil and the U.S.

Featuring Walter Belik and Nancy-Scheper Hughes

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm | CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Despite the fact that the first United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal is the eradication of hunger and extreme poverty, this silent problem has not yet been resolved. Mentions of hunger and food insecurity are still present in media all over the world. This roundtable discussion will present food security policies in Brazil and their outcomes in the fight against hunger and food insecurity. The presenters will also address how hunger is constructed as a taboo and the ways in which it impacts the lives of people in the Global South and the United States.  

Walter Belik is a professor at the Institute of Economics at Unicamp, Brazil. His career is focused on eradicating food insecurity in Latin America. He was one of the key coordinators of the Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) Project and an advisor to UN Committee on World Food Security. 

Nancy Scheper-Hughes is an activist and engaged anthropologist who has worked around the world, including Brazil. She is a professor emerita of Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley.  

The event will be mediated by Lis Furlani Blanco, visiting scholar in the Department of Anthropology at UC Berkeley and graduate student at Unicamp, Brazil. 

Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Walter Belik discuss hunger in Brazil and the U.S. (Photo by Isabel Nogueira.)
Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Walter Belik discuss hunger in Brazil and the U.S. (Photo by Isabel Nogueira.)

Walter Belik discusses the situation in Brazil that led to the Fome Zero project. (Photo by Isabel Nogueira.)
Walter Belik discusses the situation in Brazil that led to the Fome Zero project. (Photo by Isabel Nogueira.)

Audience members look on as Nancy Scheper-Hughes describes her decades-long research in Brazil's Northeast. (Photo by Isabel Nogueira.)
Audience members look on as Nancy Scheper-Hughes describes her decades-long research in Brazil's Northeast. (Photo by Isabel Nogueira.)

The logo of Brazil's Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) program. Image from Wikipedia
The logo of Brazil's Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) program. Image from Wikipedia.