We explore innovative governance structures and institutions that support the development of sustainable food systems.

Governance brings together scale with questions of power, class, and social justice. The role of the state as enabler or barrier to community food initiatives needs to be examined in context. For example, research with historically marginalized communities is essential particularly in the context of access to nutritious food and livelihoods. 

FLEdGE builds from our existing research to extend and deepen our knowledge about existing and emerging food system governance innovation. Through participatory governance in Mexico and results from the Northern Governance and Policy Research Conference offer alternative governance models that could enhance food system viability. Through collaborations with our partners (e.g. FAO and RUAF) we are developing and disseminating research insights between the Global South and North. Embedded relationships with our communities of food will help ensure effective knowledge sharing in Canada and beyond.

Learn more about our Working Group on Innovative Governance