Good and effective food policy must address human health, the environment, and social relations.1 In addition, changing policies require both collaborative efforts across sectors and geographic regions and benefit greatly when those most affected by the issues are involved in advocating for and shaping policy solutions.2  Our commitment is to supporting those with lived experiences of food insecurity to have a …

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Our approach to sharing information and results is also based on the Ways of Knowing Framework. In addition to publications, reports,  presentations, workshops, tools and workbooks, FoodARC and project partners share results and new knowledge by creating opportunities for meaningful conversations and critical reflection. Our Resources section contains a list of publications and tools we have produced and used.

Capacity building activities are founded on mutual learning and adult education, in which everyone — students, staff, university-based partners, community members, community organizations, and government representatives — all bring valuable knowledge, skills, and experiences to share along with desire to learn from others.  As a result, both individuals and groups enhance knowledge, confidence, and skills to support the research and …

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FoodARC partners, students, and staff use a wide range of qualitative research methods in projects and activities. These include using surveys, interviews, focus groups, participant observation, institutional ethnography, storysharing, photovoice, and videovoice. In addition, data is also gathered using quantitative approaches, such as the cost of food (see NS Participatory Food Costing for more information), inventories and asset maps, community …

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FoodARC’s projects and activities are grounded in four pillars: research, building capacity, sharing knowledge, and advocacy and policy change. Throughout all four pillars, our principles of inclusion and innovation shape activities as we work together with diverse groups to develop, test, and learn from new approaches. As a result, evaluation is a vital and cross-cutting component of all projects and …

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Over a decade ago, the persistence and injustice of food insecurity in Nova Scotia catalyzed a partnership that led to the emergence of FoodARC (Food Action Research Centre). Driven by the belief that inclusion, collaboration, and community mobilization and engaging those affected by food security in research and advocacy is needed for real change to occur. FoodARC is committed to …

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