Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society Student Research Paper Awards

Please encourage students to submit papers to this year’s AFHVS Student Research Paper Award competition. The Award details, dates and instructions can be downloaded here. The call is open for both graduate and undergraduate submissions. Please circulate widely!

DIG (Durham Integrated Growers for a Sustainable Community)

A new case study from our ongoing ‘Social Economy of Food‘ research highlights DIG (Durham Integrated Growers for a Sustainable Community). Compiled by Mary Anne Martin, DIG was collected through interviews with the president of DIG, the coordinator of one of its member projects and one organization that has benefitted from regular delivery of produce from a member garden. In addition, it draws on documents and observations from: DIG’s website, its member projects, its annual general meeting, an executive meeting and a meeting of the Durham Food Policy Council (of which DIG is a member). As a participatory action research initiative, this research involved a collaborative project with DIG and the Durham Food Policy Council that analysed municipal policy in Durham Region to assess its support for urban agriculture and food security. The findings from the policy research also informs this report. Read or download the report!

City and Regional Food Systems Planning and Design for Equity, Justice, and Power

Open Call for Submissions for a Special Issue of the Built Environment Journal

The Built Environment journal will publish a special issue to address how the growing engagement of the planning and design disciplines within city and regional food systems subverts, reinforces, or exacerbates inequities and injustices. Authors are invited to submit articles that explore how planning and design may be used to create and strengthen city and regional food systems, while explicitly considering imbalances in equity, justice, and power.

About the Special Issue 

The guest editors, Samina Raja, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University, invite submissions from scholars from across the Global South and Global North. Manuscripts from early career scholars, including tenure-track faculty members, post-doctoral scholars, and doctoral students are highly encouraged. The special issue is expected to include 12 articles, not including the editorial. The issue is expected to be published by fall 2017.

Authors are welcome to write about one or more sectors of city and regional food systems. Articles may focus on scholarship that addresses food systems at varying scales, ranging from small towns to large cities and regions. Manuscripts must address the following:

  • Concerns about inequities and injustices, including food, health, social, and economic inequities
  • The interplay between city and regional food systems and the built environment
  • Systemic and spatial exploration of city and regional food systems
  • Concerns about those most marginalized stakeholders in the food system, including low-income populations, people of colour, marginalized workers in the food system, and/or refugees and migrants
  • Ideas for change, including planning, policy, and design solutions

Prize for Early Career Scholar 

Published papers by early career scholars will be considered for a Best Paper Prize. Early career scholars include tenure-track faculty (e.g. Assistant Professors), post-doctoral scholars, and doctoral students. The author of the winning manuscript will receive an honorarium of $1000 (US), and the winning manuscript will be published as an Open Access article.

Submission of Abstract 

To have a manuscript be considered for the special issue, interested authors must submit an abstract of no more than 300 words (not including references) to editors by November 14, 2016. The abstract must describe the thesis or research question, the research design and research methods, and report key findings and recommendations. The abstract must demonstrate the link between the article and the focus of the special issue on equity, justice, and power in food systems. References must be cited using the Harvard system. Abstracts must be submitted in a Word document by e-mail to foodsystems@ap.buffalo.eduThe subject line of the e-mail must specify “[Author’s Last Name]: Built Environment Journal” and the abstract must be attached (in Word format). Authors whose abstracts are judged to be a good fit for the special issue will be notified by November 21, 2016 

Submission of Manuscript 

The full manuscript cannot exceed 5,000 words. Completed manuscripts will undergo a peer-review process prior to selection for publication. Complete manuscripts will follow the format and style of the Built Environment journal published by Alexandrine Press. Additional guidance will be provided to invited authors. Full manuscripts must be submitted no later than January 30, 2017.

Questions 

Send questions about content of the special issue to Samina Raja at sraja@buffalo.edu. Questions about the submission process should be directed to Enjoli Hall at foodsystems@ap.buffalo.eduPlease use the subject line “Built Environment Journal” in all e-mail correspondence.

Sustainable Agri-food System Student Research Project grants

The 2016 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites worldwide researchers to submit proposals for a research project on food and sustainability.
Due July 27, 2016. Top ten proposals invited to present in Milan, November 2016.
The BCFN Foundation focuses on young talents by supporting higher education and interdisciplinary research, to advance the knowledge base in food and sustainability. The BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young talents [under 35] to submit proposals for a research grant of 20,000 euro.

It is provided for PhD and postdoc students, participating as individual or as a team. The BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition encourages the participation of teams from different disciplines and/or countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches.

Potential Topic Areas

The BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition offers the opportunity to put into action concrete proposals that will have the objective of making more sustainable one or more themes of the agri-food system (in terms of environmental, social, health and/or economic aspects). Among others, we consider the following areas of particular interest:

–  Sustainable and healthy diets;
–  Urban food systems and policies;
–  Resilient agriculture, land use change and agroecology;
–  The nexus between climate change, energy and food;
–  Sustainable water management;
–  Food supply chains;
–  Ecosystems and ecosystem services;
–  Healthy lifestyles;
–  Food waste reduction;
–  Food policy development;
–  Food security: availability, access, utilisation, stability;
–  Communication technologies and networks;
–  Youth and women’s involvement in agriculture

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100 initiatives locales pour une alimentation responsable et durable

Sortie d’une publication éclairante sur les systèmes alimentaires territorialisés au Québec

La Chaire de recherche en droit sur la diversité et la sécurité alimentaires (Chaire DDSA) de la Faculté de droit de l’Université Laval et l’Association RESOLIS annoncent la sortie du journal RESOLIS intitulé « Systèmes alimentaires territorialisés au Québec : 100 initiatives locales pour une alimentation responsable et durable ».

Cette publication présente une analyse de 100 initiatives locales d’alimentation responsable et (IARD) contribuant à construire et à structurer les systèmes alimentaires territorialisés (SAT) au Québec. Elle vise à mettre de l’avant la présence d’IARD sur tout le territoire québécois et dresse un portrait des acteurs variés à l’origine de ces initiatives, en précisant les actions menées par ceux-ci, puis en identifiant les externalités positives principales de ces initiatives, qu’elles soient de nature environnementale, sociale, culturelle ou pédagogique. Lire la suite

Help us to identify the food value chains in your region!

The Nourishing Communities research group is conducting the second annual OMAFRA-funded survey to identify existing and potential regional food hub demand in Ontario. If you are a farmer, processor, distributor, retailer, restaurant, or institution that engages with the regionally-produced food value chain—or would like to—we need your input, so we can provide the most up-to-date summary of food hub activity in Ontario for 2015, and identify future demand.

The goal is to enable you to get more local and/or sustainable food into the hands of consumers, and develop a more accurate snapshot of your local food system. The survey results will help regional food value chain members explain their needs when applying for loans and/or grants, and help funders understand more about community and business needs, where funding or resource gaps exist, and how to effectively support operations such as yours.

We need everyone to complete this second survey so we can tell the story of how this sector is growing. Please complete this survey within the next three weeks, if at all possible!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the first survey of food hubs in 2014 – we are happy to share results. Please contact Project Manager, Mike Nagy at nagym@uoguelph.ca or at 519-829-6249.

We also conducted 25 case studies and network analyses that describe innovative value chains, food hubs and network projects as good practice examples of food hub initiatives: http://nourishingontario.ca/ontario-food-hub-case-studies-2015/

Click here for more detail or to take the survey

Consuming Urban Poverty: Food systems planning and governance in Africa’s secondary cities

Postdoc Fellowship at CUP

The successful candidate will be based at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. The postdoctoral research fellow will assist with analysis and publication of survey results on urban food insecurity from the three case study cities. The ideal candidate will have expertise in urban studies debates as they relate to inequality and poverty in Africa as well as an understanding of the literature and debates on urban food insecurity in the global South. The postdoctoral fellow will work under the supervision of Dr Jane Battersby and Professor Vanessa Watson. Read more

Organic agriculture key to feeding the world sustainably

Study analyzes 40 years of science against 4 areas of sustainability

Researchers have concluded that feeding a growing global population with sustainability goals in mind is possible. Their review of hundreds of published studies provides evidence that organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment and be safer for farm workers.
Washington State University, Feb 3, 2016
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Rich Pirog Succeeds Mike Hamm as Director of MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Rich Pirog will succeed Mike Hamm, Michigan State University C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Food Systems, as director of the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS).

As director, Pirog will guide the Center as it continues to engage partners across Michigan, the United States and the world in developing regionally integrated sustainable food systems through applied research, education and outreach. Read more

IPES-Food Opportunity

(12.01.2016) The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) is now recruiting for two members of staff to support its work.

IPES-Food is looking for a full-time staff member to join the secretariat and support the range of work undertaken by the panel. The secretariat is responsible for research support, advocacy, fundraising, communications and a range of other activities. Applications should be received by February 5th. See the job vacancy notice for further information and instructions on how to apply. Read more