Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Dietary Transitions and Food Security: Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Research in Brazil and Nicaragua

September 29th, 2015
4:00 PM

Location
Gibson Hall
Room 218

Dr. Barbara Piperata, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, The Ohio State University, will be giving a talk on Tuesday, September 29th, at 4 PM entitled “Dietary Transitions and Food Security: Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Research in Brazil and Nicaragua.”

About Dr. Piperata: Professor Piperata’s research is focused on nutritional anthropology. Using a biocultural approach and both quantitative and qualitative data, she has studied women’s reproductive energetics and breastfeeding patterns and the nutrition transition in the Amazon, as well as maternal strategies for addressing household food insecurity in Nicaragua. In this talk she will discuss opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship linked to her on-going projects in both the Brazilian Amazon and in Nicaragua. Specifically, she will present her ethnographically-grounded, longitudinal work on dietary change in the Amazon and the impact of government programs, specifically Bolsa Família, on food security and health in rural, subsistence-oriented communities. She will then discuss her collaborative role in forming an international and multi-disciplinary team of scholars to investigate maternal strategies for addressing household food insecurity in León, Nicaragua.

For more information please contact Melissa Bender, mbender@tulane.edu.

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