In recent decades, there has been a growing interest in food issues and, increasingly, awareness of the concept of the food system amongst academics, governmental representatives, civil society organizations and the public. However, there remains a lack of clarity around the meaning of a food systems approach amongst food system actors themselves.

As part of her Master’s research at Carleton University, Nadia Ibrahim worked with Just Food, a FLEdGE community partner in this project, to examine this dilemma. Just Food is a non-profit organization that aims to work towards vibrant, just, and sustainable food and farming systems in the Ottawa region. The project adopted a community-based research methodology to document an organizational history of Just Food and its food systems approach. The history was primarily based on interviews and a focus group with staff and board members of Just Food.

Check out the Adopting a Food Systems Approach: A Case Study of Just Food, Ottawa executive summary for more details.