Plan Nacional de Seguridad Alimentaria

General information

The National Plan for Food Security (PNSA) was created in 2003 within the framework of Law No. 25.724 / 2002 – National Program for Food and Nutrition, with the objective of enabling access for the population in a situation of social vulnerability to complementary, sufficient and commensurate feeding concordant to the particularities and customs of each region of the country. The implementation of the PNSA involves various aspects needed to promote food security and, as well, nutrition education activities that ensure the right to access scientific, culturally accepted and appropriate information for the various communities in the country.

Country Argentina
Type Plan
Classification Food Aid, Health and nutrition
Date 2002
Document http://www.desarrollosocial.gob.ar/pnsa/141
Website http://www.desarrollosocial.gob.ar/pnsa/141
Responsible institution

Ministerio de Producción y Trabajo

Objectives

Objective

Facilitate access to the population in a situation of social vulnerability to complementary, sufficient and commensurate feeding in accordance to the particularities and customs of each region of the country.

Lines of Action

One of its fundamental lines is the implementation of magnetic cards to which the State transfers money for food purchases, so people can freely choose to buy food according to their own tastes and habits. The right holders of this action are those families with children under the age of 14, pregnant women, people with disabilities and adults in unfavorable social conditions and nutritional vulnerability. Thus, it promotes autonomy in the selection of food; it encourages the family meal and favors access to fresh food (fruit, vegetables, milk, yogurt, cheeses and meats, among others).

Conversely, there are transfers of funds under specific projects, to provincial States, aimed at strengthening the supply of food for school-age children and the promotion of social organizations that develop activities in community spaces and provide food allowances. These actions are complemented with food and nutrition education activities and promotion of family and child development, both for local technicians and community and family leaders.

The Program Families and Nutrition contributes to the development and strengthening of families regarding nutrition and food from a holistic approach that encompasses the various aspects that influence food choices;

The Program Community Approach promotes the development of community organizations that provide food services;

Pro-Huerta promotes access to a healthy diet through the self-production of fresh food for personal, family and community consumption;

Food and Nutritional Education focuses on generating skills with the aim of converting knowledge into healthy eating habits.

All the actions developed by the PNSA are complemented and strengthened through the publishing of books, brochures, booklets, posters and educational texts, as well as through the development of communicational actions directed towards the community.

Target population
  1. At-risk and vulnerable populations
  2. Magnetic cards: Those families with children under the age of 14, pregnant women, people with disabilities and adults in unfavorable social conditions and nutritional vulnerability.
  3. School-age children and social organizations that develop activities in community spaces and provide food allowances.