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FSSJN Panel on Food Security, Food Aid, and Food Labor


Feb 14 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

SoA grad students Ziya Kaya and Sarah Renkert will be participating!

FSSJN presents a Graduate Student Research Panel on
Food Security, Food Aid, and Food Labor
Thursday, February 14, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm
ENR2 Building, Room S495
Lunch will be provided

Fiona Gladstone (Geography): Adapting to Aid: Visceral Perceptions of Government Food Assistance and Community Health in Rural Oaxaca, Mexico
During the Peña Nieto administration, the Mexican government’s efforts to resolve the growing double-burden of under-nutrition and over-nutrition included the expansion of food assistance programs. This research explores how mothers participating in the government food kitchens program in an agricultural community of Oaxaca, Mexico, evaluate the foods they receive and conceptualize broader changes in their food system and community health.
Ziya Kaya (Anthropology): The Role of Food in Labor Control: Findings from Preliminary Research in a Greenhouse in Western Turkey
I examine labor processes in a greenhouse enterprise in a village (Gümüşköy) of Western Turkey where the women of another village (Sazlıköy) are transported to work everyday. More specifically, I am looking at the labor control mechanisms (both direct and indirect) in a greenhouse, which have hitherto been studied mostly within the borders of the factories and from the perspective of direct surveillance. Moreover, I try to understand the role of food produced by the women workers in the control of their own labor.
Sarah Renkert (Anthropology): Communal Kitchens and the Reshaping of Food Aid in Lima, Perú
In Lima, Peru, community kitchens, which have long provided food aid in the city's poorest neighborhoods, are closing. Given this change, this research examines how this shift from community-level food aid programs to individual households affects the ability of neighborhoods to collectively support local food security.
Eliza Rebecca Short (Nutritional Sciences): Developing a Model of Type 2 Diabetes Care in a Food Insecure Population
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (CFBSA) has observed a high prevalence of diet-related disease among their clients. Diet quality has been identified as one of the largest single contributors to chronic disease and serves as an important intervention target for improving the health of food bank clients. Through a research partnership between the University of Arizona Department of Nutritional Sciences and CFBSA, we aim to develop a test a therapeutic food provision and education intervention among food bank clients.


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