This article seeks to describe the viewpoint of purchasing food products from family farmers, analyzing their performance within the new guidelines of the Brazilian School Nutrition Program (PNAE). It is a critical assessment based on a review of the literature and the official data provided by the National Fund for the Development of Education/Ministry of Education relating to 2010. The program budget in 2010 was approximately R$2.5 billion and attended 45.6 million children, adolescents and adults. From the total amount, R$150,397,052.68 was allocated for the purchase of agricultural products from family farmers. In Brazil, 47.4% of the local councils acquired food products from family farmers for the Brazilian School Nutrition Program and the purchase percentage was, on average, 22.7%. Given the nature of recent legislation, other aspects should be explored in order to strengthen the compliance with the regulations in different Brazilian contexts and thus contribute both to local economic development and the provision of school meals which fulfill the principles of a healthy and adequate diet.
Saraiva, E. B., da Silva, A. P. F., de Sousa, A. A., Cerqueira, G. F., Schagas, C. M. dos S., & Toral, N. (2013). Panorama of purchasing food products from family farmers for the Brazilian School Nutrition Program. Ciencia e Saude Coletiva, 18(4), 927–935. https://doi.org/10.1590/s1413-81232013000400004