Reflections by family farmers on the dynamics of providing their products for school food: the case of Araripe, Ceará, Brazil

  • Amanda de Andrade Marques
  • Maria das Graças Melo Fernandes
  • Ivonaldo Neres Leite Universidade Federal da Paraíba
  • Rodrigo Toledo Viana Universidade Federal da Paraíba
  • Maria da Conceição R. Gonçalves Universidade Federal da Paraíba
  • Alice Teles de Carvalho Universidade Federal da Paraíba

Abstract

Changes taking place in society today reflect directly on unhealthy food choices. As a consequence of this new eating pattern, overweight and obesity emerge, as well as noncommunicable chronic diseases. The National Programme for School Food (PNAE) constitutes an important strategy of the Federal Government to tackle this eating problem. Since its early resolutions, there is a continued search for menus increasingly healthy, regionalized, and adapted to the local culture. The latest standards of the program provide that the states and municipalities should purchase some of their food from rural family farmers. This study analyzes reflections by family farmers with regard to the dynamics of providing family farm products for school food. This is a case study, conducted according to the qualitative technique by means of a semi-structured interview in the town of Araripe, Ceará, Brazil, where fourteen farmers who provide foodstuffs for schools were interviewed. Two main categories were identified in the accounts: difficulties and benefits. We can notice that issues related to payment, transportation, and physical structure stood out as major obstacles to accomplish this practice. Regarding the benefits, the most recurrent thing was the job opportunity brought by this market. The results indicate the need for actions on the part of local management to recognize the agricultural potential of this region, in addition to establish partnerships with other agencies, in order to improve the training of these farmers and provide them with means to comply with the legal requirements. This may contribute to increase the income and quality of life among rural families.

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Published
2014-12-01
How to Cite
Marques, A., Fernandes, M., Leite, I., Viana, R., Gonçalves, M., & Carvalho, A. (2014). Reflections by family farmers on the dynamics of providing their products for school food: the case of Araripe, Ceará, Brazil . Saúde E Sociedade, 23(4), 1329-1341. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0104-12902014000400017
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