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MDG3-ch6.qxd 31/8/05 10:20 am Page 129 129 6 Supporting locally determined food systems: the role of local organizations in farming, environment and people's access to food
Document begins: MDG3-ch6.qxd 31/8/05 10:20 am Page 129 129 6 Supporting locally determined food systems: the role of local organizations in farming, environment and people's access to food Michel Pimbert(1) I. INTRODUCTION Food systems include not only the production of food but also processing, distribution, access, use, recycling and waste. Today there are still many diverse food systems throughout the world, particularly in developing countries. Indeed, most of the world's food is grown, collected and harvested by over a billion small- scale producers, pastoralists and artisanal fisherfolk. This food is primarily sold, processed, resold and consumed locally, with many people deriving their incomes and livelihoods through work and activities at different points of the food chain from seed to plate. 1. Michel Pimbert is Director of the Sustainable Agriculture, Biodiversity and Livelihoods Programme at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London. MDG3-ch6.qxd 31/8/05 10:20 am Page 130 130 Such localized food systems provide the foundations of people's nutrition, incomes, economies and culture throughout the world. They start at the household level and expand to neighbourhood, municipal and regional levels. And localized Chapter 6 food systems depend on many different local organizations to coordinate food production, storage and ...