Cécilia Rocha

is Director of the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University (Toronto), and a leading authority on food and nutrition policies in Brazil, including the successful experiments in the municipality of Belo Horizonte. With a PhD in Economics, Cécilia previously held the post of Director (2005-2010) of the Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Since the late 1990s, Cécilia has been following and analyzing the policies and programs for food and nutrition security in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, one of the most successful municipalities to advance the cause of food and nutrition security. Cécilia has also been studying food and nutrition security policies at the national level in Brazil. She brings to the panel her impressions on what are some leverage points leading to successful policies. She has used the concept of “market failures” as the basis for the need for policy in transforming food systems.