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.
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.
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.
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 exploratory project focused on facilitating and strengthening cross-departmental collaborations, to create sustained action and lasting change on food insecurity in Nova Scotia.
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.
(Monday) 9:30 am - 3:30 pm AST
An interactive Workshop to help sharpen your policy skills. This was an exciting opportunity for advocates, practitioners
An interactive Workshop to help sharpen your policy skills.
This was an exciting opportunity for advocates, practitioners and volunteers at the community level to access information and tools to better understand and influence policy. The one-day workshop aimed to demystify policy, share stories from the field, integrate local level research and offer practical tools for mapping policies, planning campaigns and local action.
Participants were invited to propose a policy issue that the group could use as a real life example for the hands-on portion of the day. An essential component of the workshop was to give participants the opportunity to work in groups to integrate their learning and use the tools presented to address a real-life policy issue.
Missed the workshop?
You can catch up on the content with these PowerPoint presentations used by facilitators:
Influencing policy is a key part of FoodARC and its partners’ work. When trying to influence policy, it is important to understand the full context of the issue. This Policy Mapping Activity document is a useful resource to guide this process.
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