A Comprehensive Look at Public Policies on Family Farming, Food Security, Nutrition, and Public Health in the Americas: Linking United Nations Work Agendas

This summary document examines approaches to address the double burden of malnutrition through family agriculture.  Highlighting the nutritional and health situations of the Americas and the consequences of factory farming and ultra-processed foods, the paper provides examples of how family farming can contribute to providing populations with healthy foods while also contributing to local economies and social dynamics.  While the focus is on Latin America and the Caribbean, these approaches are useful for other countries that may have similar challenges and opportunities.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the United Nations Food, Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), June 2014