Bacon, Christopher M., William A. Sundstrom, Iris T. Stewart, David Beezer. (2017). Vulnerability to Cumulative Hazards: Coping with the Coffee Leaf Rust Outbreak, Drought, and Food Insecurity in Nicaragua. World Development, 93, 136–152. pdf
Gómez, María Eugenia Flores, Christopher M. Bacon, Salatiel Valdivia, Misael Rivas, Ruddy Espinoza, Raúl Díaz, Erika Pérez. (2016). “Alimentación culturalmente preferida. Conocimiento local y transición agroecológica en Nicaragua.” LEISA Revista de Agroecologia (Peru), 32(2), 25–27. pdf.
Bacon, C. M. (2015). Food sovereignty, food security and fair trade: the case of an influential Nicaraguan smallholder cooperatives. Third World Quarterly, 36(3), 469-488. pdf
Bacon, C.M., Rice, R. and Maryanski, H. (2015). Fair Trade Coffee and Environmental Sustainability in Latin America. In Raynolds, L.T. and Bennett, E. (Eds) Handbook of Research on Fair Trade, 388-404. Edward Elgar: UK. pdf
Bacon, Christopher M., William Sundstrom, Maria Eugenia Flores Gomez, V. Ernesto Mendez, Rica Santos, Barbara Goldoftas, Ian Dougherty. Explaining the ‘hungry farmer paradox’: Smallholders and fair trade cooperatives navigate seasonality and change in Nicaragua’s corn and coffee markets. Global Environmental Change.
Las Segovias Food Security Poster
This poster was developed as a popular education tool to share the results of ongoing participatory research on FSS in the FSS in Las Segovias Project with participating communities, cooperatives, and farming families. It was developed with their participation and their input into the best ways to represent their own experiences with food insecurity and the thin months, and measures to address these problems.
Las Segovias Best Practices Guide
As part of the GMCR-funded project Food Security & Sovereignty in Las Segovias, Nicaragua, a Best Practices Guide with five volumes was developed around themes related to food security, including the Thin Months, Agroecology, Production Diversification, and Sustainable Food Production, Distribution, and Consumption Practices. The guide was developed through a process of collecting on-the-ground knowledge and perspectives on these themes, which were then formulated and organized into the five volumes, and then field-tested. It was developed as a tool for community and cooperative organizers working to promote local food security & sovereignty (FSS), and may also be useful to other organizations working in FSS.
Delicious Revolution: An Interview with Maria Eugenia Flores Gomez & Chris Bacon
Maria Eugenia Flores Gomez is a social psychologist and community organizer with more than 15 years of experience working in Central America and California for peace, women rights, and food security. Chris Bacon, a professor at Santa Clara University, is an environmental social scientist whose work has focused on food security and food sovereignty in Northern Nicaragua, and more recently, in California. He takes a participatory action research approach to his work, and is a professor at Santa Clara University. Mari and Chris work together on the Food Security and Sovereignty in Las Segovias project in collaboration with the Community Agroecology Network and the PRODECOOP cooperatives in the mountains of Northern Nicaragua. Mari and Chris talk to Devon Sampson about their collaboration born of revolution, solidarity, and participatory action research in rural Nicaragua.
Delicious Revolution is a show about food, culture and place. It’s produced by Chelsea Wills and Devon Sampson.
“Reducing Seasonal Hunger in Nicaragua”
The documentary film, “Ending Seasonal Hunger in Nicaragua” explores food cultures, farming practices, and innovative solutions to reduce seasonal hunger among smallholder coffee farming families in northern Nicaragua. It captures breathtaking tropical landscapes and the daily rhythms of rural life connected to Nicaragua’s rich history of struggle and solidarity. The film highlights CAN’s collaborative action research with PRODECOOP, RL, a coffee farmer cooperative representing 10,000 people and a leader in the Fair Trade movement, CIIASDENIC, and Santa Clara University, to promote food security and sovereignty.
In the film, cooperative members, students, researchers, and youth share their experiences with seed saving, grain banks, gardening, agroecology, community-based participatory action research, and water quality monitoring. Watch as they discuss their accomplishments, lessons learned and the power of collaboration.
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English: long version
English: edited version
Spanish: long version
Spanish: edited version
Listen to an INTEGRAL podcast with Chris Bacon, a CAN affiliated researcher and Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University and Bannan Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center. Chris discusses issues of food insecurity and food justice in the Americas, considering the compounding effects of climate change and exploring strategic and collaborative responses. INTEGRAL explores pressing issues of justice and the common good.