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Portugal 1A42

Projeto em portugal

 

 

Data de Início: Fev.2014

Data de fim: Jan.2016

   

Integrate to feed – knowledge, health and sustainability

The goal of the "Integrate to feed" project is to contribute to the creation of an integrated feeding strategy in Portugal, through the integration of relevant sectorial public policies (agricultural, educational, social, environmental and health) in order to influence the quality, equity, safety and sustainability of food consumption of the Portuguese population.

 

Norway has always been a pioneer in its vision of the right to adequate food for all citizens. In 1937, was one of the first countries to have a National Nutrition Council, a state organization that is mandated to intervene and advise the government about food policies of the country. In 1976, Norway decided to go even further, becoming the first industrialized country to, responding to a challenge issued in 1974 on the World Food Conference, start an integrated national food and nutrition plan (covering agriculture, economics, health, education and environment). One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Norwegian nutrition policy has been its "structural guidance", focusing on regulation of production and the market, to the detriment of "individual strategies" based on the information.

 

In Norway (and in other Nordic countries), these national plans are set by negotiation between governmental entities and representatives of the most relevant sectors. Each plan defines not only the nutritional goals for the coming years, but also the measures to achieve them (using a mix of fiscal measures, food subsidies, price regulation, business regulations, clear nutritional labeling and public education).

 

With the project "Integrate to feed – knowledge, health and sustainability", funded by EEA Grants, through the Active Citizenship Program, Oikos, in partnership with the Portuguese Directorate General for Health and the Institute of Agronomy, will lay the foundation for a similar process to be implemented in Portugal. Obviously, the situations of the two countries are not identical and so, the solutions found in the Nordic countries cannot be directly transposed to Portugal. However, it is also obvious that there are many lessons to learn from the Norwegian case.

 

This project will work to design and facilitate a multi-stakeholder process in order to promote the creation of an integrated feeding strategy in Portugal, through the integration of relevant sectorial public policies (agricultural, educational, social, environmental and health) in order to influence the quality, equity, safety and sustainability of food consumption of the Portuguese population.

 

The project will carry out an intensive data collection, through document analysis and execution of structural interviews and surveys, and this data about good practices will be later posted and made availabe in an online platform. At least 40 entities (public, NGOs and academic) will be involved in this multi-stakeholder process that will include adaptive planning, reflective monitoring and creation of learning communities among decision makers, technicians and citizens. The whole experience will be systematized in order to facilitate its replication.

 

In 25 years (from 1975 to 2000), Norway was able to reduce the consumption of fat by 15%, increase the consumption of vegetables by 52% and reduce the incidence of coronary illnesses in the population by 30 to 40%, while at the same time promoted the use of local food products, contributing to the food sovereignty of the country and to strengthen the rural economy (including the recovery of traditional ways of life by making the family farms more profitable). Will we be able to do the same in Portugal?

  

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