FIC Member Barbara Piperata Investigates Nutrition in Rural Brazil
La Bolsa Familia, a government social program created by the Brazilian government and funded in part by the World Bank, has been credited with a lot of things: keeping children in school, reducing poverty and helping to feed families. Through the program, underprivileged families with children receive about $35 a month. In exchange, the families agree to keep their children in school and regularly take them to see a doctor. Families can spend the money on anything they like, but the program encourages them to spend it on food.
FIC member Barbara Piperata, associate professor of anthropology, has been studying Brazillians who live in the Amazon rainforest before and after they started getting cash payments from La Bolsa Familia. She found that the program might have some unintended consequences.
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