Summer 2021 – Right to Food Reading Group

Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Beyond

By: M. Jahi Chappell

The WVU Center for Resilient Communities, in partnership with the Food Justice Lab, is continuing to facilitate an online reading group. After “Black Food Geographies” in Fall 2020 and “Indigenous Food Sovereignty” in Spring 2021, we will move toward a conversation about Food as a Human Right and the potential for it’s progressive realization in various locales.

Join us Wednesdays June 30th – July 7th from 9AM – 10:00AM for a facilitated discussion of “Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil” by M. Jahi Chappell.

June 2nd: Introduction: Food and Famine Futures, Past and Present

June 9th: Food Security, Food Sovereignty, and Beginning to End Hunger

June 16th: Belo Horizonte: All Five A’s on the Horizon

June 23rd: Multiple Streams and the Evolution of the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security

June 30th: Farm Farmer, and Forest: SMASAN and the Environment

July 7th: Conclusions: Belo Horizonte and Beyond

The book can be found at most major book-sellers and as an e-book at WVU Libraries.If you have any questions about the reading group, please contact Joshua Lohnes at

The WVU Food Justice Lab is an experimental space for research and action focused on challenging food system inequalities. We are housed in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University.  In addition to working with research partners we mentor, advise and support students working on food, environmental and development issues while they pursue degrees in geography and related fields at the Ph.D., M.A. and undergraduate levels at WVU. Students affiliated with the Food Justice Lab participate in seminars, research, and real-world problem solving associated with our on-going projects.  Students are also encouraged and supported to experiment with new ways of combining learning, research, and action to create alternative futures.

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