Belo Horizonte's successful food supply programs costs less than a nickel a day per person

July 15, 2015


"With a population of 2.5 million people...SMAAB’s budget has never been more than 2% of the overall city’s budget." (Rocha)
"In 2008 Belo Horizonte’s total budget was R$5.1 billion." ("Informal Economy")

Calculation: 2% of 5.1 billion is R$102,000,000
per person that's 102,000,000/2,500,000=40.8 reals/person yearly
per day that's 40.8/365=.112 reals/person daily
in USD using the peak 2008 exchange rate of 2.4 reals/USD that's .112/2.4=.046

So that's less that a nickel a day.

Cecilia Rocha, Iara Lessa, "Urban governance for food security: The alternative food system in Belo Horizonte, Brazil," International Planning Studies 14, Issue 4 (2009): 1-10, 10.1080/13563471003642787.

"Informal Economy Budget Analysis in Brazil and Belo Horizonte," Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing, last modified October 2009, accessed July 15, 2015,

"Exchange Rates Average (US Dollar-Brazillian Real) - X-Rates," X-Rates, last modified 2008, accessed July 15, 2015,


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