FLEdGE Researchers Host Partners to Prepare a CIHR Climate Change and Food Security in the North Proposal

June 2019

By Andrew Spring and Kelly Skinner

Following the 2018 call for a CIHR Team Grant addressing Food Security and Climate Change in the North, our FLEdGE NWT Node team came together with other northern food researchers and community partners to develop a Letter of Intent (LOI) in October 2018. Led by Kelly Skinner (UWaterloo), Sonia Wesche (UOttawa) and Andrew Spring (Laurier and FLEdGE NWT Node Leader), the LOI brought together multiple partners in the NWT, including those involved in FLEdGE-supported projects to further community-led initiatives to address issues of food security and climate change adaptation. On February 19th, 2019, we heard that the LOI was successful, and a $15,000 development grant was secured to put together the full application by April 4th, 2019.

John B. Zoe speaks to the group about Indigenous governace perspectives. (Photo: Stephanie Woodworth)
John B. Zoe speaks to the group about Indigenous governace perspectives. (Photo: Stephanie Woodworth)

Supported by our successful development grant and leveraged funds, our team met from March 24th-26th, 2019 in Waterloo, Ontario for a research planning workshop. Thirty-four people attended the workshop including community members, government decision-makers from the NWT, and academics and students from five universities. The goal of the workshop was to:

  • Share existing knowledge and identify core areas of research focus based on community partner priorities
  • Discuss the potential to leverage current and future research projects
  • Understand the existing governance context and key related initiatives from the Government of the NWT (GNWT)
  • Work together to conceptualize and develop the approaches and activities outlined in this full proposal

This event was also a gathering of FLEdGE-funded graduate students from different institutions. Students from Laurier, Carlton, Waterloo and Ottawa Universities were able to participate and share their past, current and proposed research with the group.

For more information about the on-going work in Northwest Territories visit https://wlu.ca/academics/research/gnwt-report/index.html

Conversation in the Commons: Setting the Table for Food Security in Canada

As the term “food security” finds its ways into talking points and headlines across the country, communicators are tasked with the challenge of helping shape the discussion and growing public support for smart solutions.

On June 13, FLEdGE Research’s Peter Andrée sat down with host Caitlin Kealey, MediaStyle’s CEO, and Elle Crevits, Project Lead at the Parkdale Food Centre, to discuss food security initiatives in Canada.

The conversation covered food security issues such as:
-Social determinants of health and sustainability
-Federal changes such as Canada Food Guide and the upcoming National Food Policy
-October’s federal election
-Communications and public relations approaches

New Open Access publication looks at FLEdGE Participatory Action Research in Kakisa, NWT

Climate change, community capitals, and food security: Building a more sustainable food system in a northern Canadian boreal community

Authors: Andrew Spring (Wilfrid Laurier University), Blair Carter (Ecology North), and Alison Blay-Palmer (Wilfrid Laurier University)

May 2018
A new open access publication in Canadian Food Studies focuses on one of FLEdGE’s key community partners in the Northwest Territories Research node. In this work, Andrew Spring, Blair Carter, and Alison Blay-Palmer examine how participatory action research enables community members to play an active role in finding solutions to food insecurity and building community resiliency in response to the effects of climate change in the North.
For more information, see the abstract below or access the full article here.

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World’s future food security “in jeopardy” due to multiple challenges, FAO report warns

Without additional efforts, the target of ending hunger by 2030 will not be met.

Photo: ©FAO

Empowering small-scale farmers and providing them better access to information, markets and technologies is key to ensuring future food security.
Published by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
Read the full report here.

22 February 2017, Rome – Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new FAO report out today.

Though very real and significant progress in reducing global hunger has been achieved over the past 30 years, “expanding food production and economic growth have often come at a heavy cost to the natural environment,” says The Future of Food and Agriculture: Trends and Challenges.
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Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security Online consultation on the background document to the CFS Forum

About this online discussion

This document summarizes the online consultation Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security – Online consultation on the background document to the CFS Forum, held on FAO’s Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) from 15 March to 12 April 2016, and facilitated by Deborah Fulton, CFS Secretary.

Over the four weeks of consultation, participants from 21 countries shared 51 contributions. The topic introduction and questions proposed, as well as all contributions received, are available on the consultation page: www.fao.org/fsnforum/forum/discussions/urbanization-rural-transformation

The purpose of the consultation was to gain input on the background document prepared by the CFS Secretariat to support the discussions at CFS 43 in October 2016 on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security.

Access to the document