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Abstract: In 2009, Bolivia adopted a new constitution that committed the government to guaranteeing the Right to Food. Despite ratification of supporting legislation, these intentions have largely not translated into policies with measurable impacts on food sovereignty, food security, or the livelihoods of small-scale producers. Through food systems modeling (including foodprint, foodshed, and ... read moreclimate change vulnerability) and stakeholder interviews, I investigated the potential for increasing regional self-reliance (RSR) for certain items in the basic food basket in the Department of La Paz (DLPZ), Bolivia, and asked how departmental-level policies can help to improve RSR, food security, rural livelihoods, and climate resilience in agricultural systems. Based on this analysis, I present recommendations to better understand the contemporary situation for producers in DLPZ, deliver technical assistance in new ways, expand demand for traditional products and smaller volumes of product, and further develop the pilot food systems models as tools for planning and policymaking.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2017.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Julian Agyeman.
Committee: Christian Peters, and María Teresa Nogales.
Keywords: Agriculture, Public policy, and Climate change.read less