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In Brazil, social movements fill in for absent state with healthy food initiatives

The Brazilian government has launched a series of pandemic welfare programs aimed at needy populations, but none directly address one of Brazil's most pressing issues: food security

Social movements fill in for absent state with healthy food initiatives
Photo: Rafael Vicente/Orgânico Sustentável

After the death of one of his clients from Covid-19 and his proximity to the victim’s family’s grief, Brazilian business owner Aziz Camali Constantino felt the need to “act” on the then-nascent coronavirus crisis.

A specialist in self-knowledge and strategies based on family businesses, he decided to use his entrepreneurial skills to create a completely not-for-profit system to supply vulnerable families with organic foods, making use of produce from local farmers that would otherwise go to waste due to the closure of restaurants and fruit and veg markets.

Within this was the objective not to support industries that produce...

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