News & Events

Agri-Chains and Sustainable Developement Conference (AS&SD 2016) in Montpellier, France. December 12-14, 2016.

This session will deal with “City driven food chains and sustainable developement”
We would be pleased to welcome you in Montpellier to participate to our session and we invite you to submit an abstract before the 7th of August. Non-academic presenters are also encouraged to participate.

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Joining the SDGS: Urbanization & Food Security in the Global South

You are invited to a workshop jointly hosted by the Hungry Cities Partnership (HCP), and the Consuming Urban Poverty Project (CUP) and the African Food Security Urban Network (AFSUN). At this one-day workshop, we will present the results of new research from both projects in countries such as China, India, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Mexico and Jamaica.  The workshop will be framed by the disjuncture between SDG 1 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities) and how the research presented can help bring these two goals into alignment.

Please find below the invitation, draft program including registration information.

SDGs Workshop Invitation & Program, 13 July

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Caesar at mcaesar@balsillieschool.ca.

HLPE Report on: Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition

In October 2014, the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to conduct a study on “Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition”. The findings of this study will feed into CFS 44 Plenary session (October 2017). As part of the process of elaboration of its reports, the HLPE is organizing a consultation to seek inputs, suggestions, and comments on the present V0 draft. This open e-consultation will be used by the HLPE to further elaborate the report, which will then be submitted to external expert peer review, before finalization and approval by the HLPE Steering Committee. Read more…….

Canada’s migrant agricultural workers deserve full and equal rights. Here’s why

By Janet McLaughlin.

Earlier this year, a quiet decision by Loblaw to remove French’s brand ketchup from its shelves was met by an unexpected firestorm of protest from angry consumers. In the weeks following, the brand rose from relative obscurity into superhero status over its local tomato origins. Over the course of 24 hours, Canadians told Loblaw loud and clear that they wanted local Leamington, Ont., tomatoes in the popular condiment gracing their barbequed eats this summer. A surprised Loblaw management team quickly reversed its decision.

Supporting local agriculture makes sense. Buying food produced close to home generates positive ripple effects for local economies, lowers greenhouse gas emissions and promotes Ontario’s food sovereignty and security. The great irony is that often our much-celebrated local food system relies on imported labour, under conditions in which exploitation can be ripe for the picking. I’ve been doing research and health-based community work with migrant farm workers for over a decade. Travelling alongside workers between their Ontario workplaces and their homes in Mexico and Jamaica, I have been continually shocked and saddened by the long-term challenges they face as they spend their adult lives living between two countries.

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FLEdGE Workshop, September 9-11, 2015

September 9, 2015. Welcome note by the Director of Balsillie School of International Affairs, Dr. John Ravenhill; Presentations by Andrew Spring (PhD Candidate, Wilfrid Laurier University); Dr. Mary Beckie (Associate Professor, University of Alberta); Jessie Radies (Northlands); Paul Cabaj (Alberta Cooperative Energy) & Brent Mansfield (Co-Chair, BC Food Systems Network)