The Food Action Research Centre, or FoodARC, is a research centre at Mount Saint Vincent University committed to research and action to build food security in Nova Scotia and beyond.
2010 – 2015
Generating the most comprehensive research on community food security in Nova Scotia – rooted in lived experiences, real community needs and innovative solutions
Voices for Food Security in Nova Scotia builds on more than a decade of collaborative and community based participatory research, to improve knowledge, understanding and action to create the conditions to address food insecurity.
The project involves collaborating with local organizers to co-host a series of regional gatherings that serve as opportunities for outreach, knowledge and story sharing, action planning, and capacity building, and which focus on local priorities and interests.
FoodARC will be hosting the 2018 President’s Visiting Lecture Series on Teaching and Learning on Building Capacity for Reconciliation: Transforming Teaching and Learning through Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing) in partnership with the Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network (Atlantic-IMN).
FoodARC is undertaking research on the Consumer Food Environment in Nova Scotia to understand the current and future factors affecting the food & beverage environment, and the populations most affected by these environments.
Cultivating Change: Putting Food First in Nova Scotia was an exploratory project that focused on facilitating and strengthening cross-departmental collaborations, to create sustained action and lasting change on food insecurity in Nova Scotia.
This project explores how to foster cultural food security for new immigrants and refugees in NS by examining factors that contribute to their food insecurity, as well as the relevance of community-driven local initiatives and programs as potential opportunities to contribute to cultural food security.
This project will focus on creating more compassionate social environments for women experiencing food insecurity as a means to contribute to social and systems change to address food insecurity.
Funded by Industry Canada, the project will define methodology, conduct research, and produce a report about the cost of healthy foods in aboriginal communities in Nova Scotia.
This research was collaboratively developed by food security researchers in Nova Scotia and the community of Pictou Landing to explore community food security (CFS) in Pictou Landing First Nation.
This study charts the full scope of charitable food provisioning activities in Halifax, Quebec City, Toronto, Edmonton and Victoria and assesses each community’s capacity to recognize and respond to local problems of unmet food need.
The Children’s Lifestyle and School-performance Study (CLASS) is a province-wide research project that looks at the relationships between health, nutrition, physical activity, mental health and school performance of children in Nova Scotia.
This study explores the structure and constitution of networks of food initiatives in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia, working in partnership with four provincial network organizations.
This project was part of the Atlantic Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network, which worked to broaden knowledge about the social economy of the Atlantic region. From 2005-2011 the partnership brought together both academic and community partners committed to improving community food security.
This workbook was developed in 2005-2006 as part of a series of research projects on food security. As well as using research and experiences drawn from the Nova Scotia Food Security Projects, it incorporates ideas, insights and advice from people involved in food security issues and actions across Canada.
thu18jun(jun 18)9:00 amfri19(jun 19)12:00 pmMake Food Matter Advocacy and Action Workshops - Session 1Session I: Effective Communication and Taking Social Action – A Social Labs Approach9:00 am - 12:00 pm (19) AST
18 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 19 (Friday) 12:00 pm AST
Dartmouth North Community Food Centre
The purpose of the workshop series was to get better at telling food stories, so that more resources and efforts mobilize towards healthy, just and sustainable food systems. The two-part
The purpose of the workshop series was to get better at telling food stories, so that more resources and efforts mobilize towards healthy, just and sustainable food systems. The two-part workshop helped build our capacity to communicate effectively using community dialogues, traditional media, and social media.
June 18-19, 2015
At Session I we developed fluency with food security messaging in order to reach communities, policy makers and governments at all levels. We also explored an approach to “prototyping” (rapid experimental discovery through doing) and identified prototype projects (innovative approaches aimed at growing the conversation about food security in Nova Scotia) using the Make Food Matter toolkit and messages.
Read the Session I Harvest Report »
October 1, 2015
The focus of Session II was to reflect on the experiences of teams who had worked on a prototyping project over the summer and draw conclusions and lessons learned about the key elements of effective messaging and prototyping around food security issues.
Read the Session II Harvest Report »
Find out more about the Make Food Matter Toolkit »