Sociocultural history of nutrition in Colombia during the 20th century. The relationship between scientific practices, representations of the population, state policies and food agencies and industries.

Project: Research Project

Project Details


This project aims to analyse, in the international context of developmentalism, the way in which a field of research and social intervention on food (the so-called "nutrition problem") was (re)shaped in Colombia between 1940 and 1970, as well as its effects on the ways in which it represents the population, tries to manage its behaviour and shapes its subjectivities. From an interdisciplinary perspective, we understand that the production and application of knowledge on nutrition, as well as the design and implementation of public food health policies, are the result of complex social, cultural and economic processes that involve diverse actors, interests and a wide range of local and international negotiations. Thus, we want to answer the following questions: Which were the main actors, scientific knowledge and practices, institutions, organizations and local and international companies involved in the (re)configuration of this field of knowledge on food and health? How were the different agendas and interests of the actors and institutions identified above articulated and negotiated to define the "nutrition problems" and what were the concrete actions taken for their possible solutions? And how did these practices of food knowledge production and social intervention help to construct specific representations of the population and their possibilities for progress, as well as their effects on the food subjectivities of the populations targeted for intervention?
These questions are intended to advance the understanding of the tensions between the local and the global in the processes of production and application of food scientific knowledge, the asymmetric power relations involved, and the way in which science and social and political orders are co-produced. A critical and historical look at these processes is fundamental to understanding the current tensions in defining the relationships between food, health and public policy.
Effective start/end date1/10/1710/10/19

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Main Funding Source

  • Competitive Funds
  • Small Amount


  • Bogotá D.C.


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