During the last two years food insecurity levels have severely increased in Brazil. According to the second National Survey of Food Insecurity in the Context of the Covid-19 Pandemic in Brazil, conducted by the PENSSAN Research Network, 33.1 million Brazilians do not have sufficient food supplies. Compared to 2021, that means that an additional 14 million people suffer from severe food insecurity .
The escalation of hunger in the country started in 2018, but it was awfully aggravated during the pandemic. Since then, the wave of high unemployment rates imposed by the pandemic together with precariousness of work, loss of social rights and reduced purchasing power put many Brazilian lives at stake .
This situation was Brazil’s normality in the 80s but an outrageous reality today. Food distribution initiatives were raised all over the country by agroecological farmers like Ana Bovoy. Holding a Bachelor’s in environmental engineer and as a future Master’s in Forest Restoration, Ana was one of the many Brazilians behind the distribution of food supplies to families in need in the state of São Paulo.