Communities Take Local Steps to Address Food Insecurity, But Global Impact Remains Unclear



Communities Take Local Steps to Address Food Insecurity, But Global Impact Remains Unclear

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From Mexico to rural Nepal, Global Press Journal has reported on communities around the world taking hyperlocal action against the threat of food insecurity. Experts put these community responses in global context and weigh in on whether these small-scale actions will be influential and sustainable against the worldwide threat of climate change.

Felipa Jiménez, 42, a member of Mujeres y Maíz, a group of women who grow corn and make tortillas, cooks in her kitchen in in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state.

Adriana Alcázar González, GPJ Mexico


GLOBAL PRESS HQ — Around the world, communities worry about both the shifting politics affecting food prices and climate change, which stunts their long-held practices. As a result, these communities are pulling inward, looking for solutions that are self-sustaining and hyperlocal.

The notion that small farming efforts can change — or at least feed — the world is popular among local food activists, but that belief takes on added meaning for small farmers.

Among the smallest of small farmers is Herminia Ibáñez Cadena, a 49-year-old resident of Mexico City’s Milpa Alta area, a delegation known for its rejection of supermarkets. People there raise sheep and grow nopal, a prickly pear cactus that is an icon of Mexican cuisine. Ibáñez keeps chickens.

“I will rely on them for sustenance and make the most of the eggs,” Ibáñez told GPJ’s Mar García.

The chicken droppings fertilize her nopal.

The local market is filled with vendors who live in the neighborhood.

“The community’s economy is based precisely on this cycle of production and sale of local products,” Alejandra Campos, the deputy director of the Milpa Alta government, told GPJ.

(Read our story on Milpa Alta here.)

The system that works for Milpa Alta is an apparent confirmation of what Danielle Nierenberg preaches at Food Tank, the think tank she founded that advocates for grassroots food sustainability solutions

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