Food security center in a S. Paulo favela

I visited — together with Nino Casciaro, RETE president, and, as a kind guide Chistiane Costa, director of the Food security sector of the Instituto Pólis — the Centro de Referencia de Segurança Alimentar e Nutricional do Butantã – CRSANS-BT [Reference Center for Food and Nutrition Security of the B. neighborhood]. The Centre is placed at the margin of a shantytown (favela), encircled and threatened by middle-upper class blocks of flats.

In the foreground, the shantytown; in the background: the middle-upper class blocks of flats. Credits: Luca Fanelli
The striking contrast.

The Centre promotes the organization and the well-being of the favela inhabitants, doing various activities, with focus on food. The Centre objective is to “formulate and implement a regional policy of sustainable food and nutrition security, by local fair development and citizen participation”. The Centre is promoted by the Instituto Polis, in partnership with many governmental and non-g. organization.

Foreground: the CRSANS-BT garden; background: the buiding. Credits: Luca Fanelli
Foreground: the CRSANS-BT garden; background: the building.

More about the Centre.

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