The covid-19 pandemic made explicit the hunger that was already ravaging the people of the countryside, the city, the forests and the waters. There are 117 million Brazilians who do not have full and permanent access to food, according to Rede Penssan.
In this context of emergency crisis, popular movements and NGOs have promoted debate and food through solidarity actions throughout the country.
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In April of this year, the National Front Against Hunger and Headquarters emerged as a space for education and popular organization that aims to fight hunger in a structural and emergency way, building permanent actions of elaboration, convergence, organization and political incidence.
With the proposal to establish a Popular Project for Brazil, based on principles such as democracy, sustainability, development, sovereignty, solidarity, feminism and ethnic-racial equality, the front is a response from civil society, as explained by Santiago Matos, from the Brasil Popular, which is also part of the front.
“The National Front Against Hunger and Headquarters arises from the experiences of social movements and organizations that have long been developing concrete actions in the fight against hunger and in this period of the pandemic evidenced a very accentuated gap in the advance of hunger in Brazil and that solidarity activities emerged as a form of action by these organizations and assistance to this public that was in this emergency, in this crisis accentuated in the territories, in the communities, which is the lack of food, the lack of access to food”.
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Along with the support and articulation of the Popular Committees Against Hunger, Solidarity and Community Kitchens, articulated by civil society throughout Brazil, essentially in the periphery, the front has made donations throughout the country. On September 3, actions by the National Front Against Hunger and Headquarters took place across the country.
In the Northeast, the states of Pernambuco, Alagoas, Bahia and Maranhão were the seat of solidarity and discussions that debated the right to healthy food.
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According to Santiago, “each organization contributed in a way. We contributed material to the Communication WG to encourage debates in different ways. The debates were promoted within each organization with the public served, within the popular struggle committees that are now being organized for the electoral period, with society in general making leaflets and the actions took place with food deliveries for the service of the movements that already developed these activities and by popular committees and social movements”.
In addition to the actions, the front is carrying out the “I vote against hunger and thirst” campaign, which aims to make the population aware of the election of parliamentarians who, in the construction of their mandate, have a relationship with public policies and with the fight against hungry.
Source: BdF Pernambuco
Editing: Vanessa Gonzaga