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A Food Sovereignty Framework for Food Policy: the Canadian Experience - PowerPoint Presentation

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  • Launch – during Federal election, over 60 media hits, support from Greens and NDP (social democratic party) – official opposition
  • And developed a methodology for doing this across a vast land
  • Local procurement policies being passed by institutions – government, schools and school boards, hospitals
  • Emerging networks of networks – Food Secrure Canada brings the diversity of individual and organizational members to the table. Never had funding – this project was the first funded project of FSC.
  • Break out into groups
  • England, Scottland, Bangladesh, Brazil all have a food policy, it is simply a matter of time before we have one, and likely before Australia has one. In the absence of government leadership, the grassroots has created a colourful mosaic of programs and projects that respond to some of these challenges
  • In the second phase of the project, we attempted to broaden the conversation by launching a wide open invitation to host kitchen table talks and appeal to the fact that we are all stakeholders in the food system, implying that we should all have a say in it.
  • The online component of our work is very important because it allows people in remote communities to contribute their thoughts. What is a KTT? Policy retreat – key face to face encounter
  • WE got an incredibly positive response from people in rural areas – they felt like they were being heard, our process gave them hope and a connection to others across the country who shared their concerns.
  • Citizen engagement is rooted in the theory of participatory and deliberative democracy. More importantly, citizen engagement provides a range of methods for implementing these theories that are firmly grounded in research methods.

A Food Sovereignty Framework for Food Policy: the Canadian Experience - PowerPoint Presentation A Food Sovereignty Framework for Food Policy: the Canadian Experience - PowerPoint Presentation Presentation Transcript

  • From Food Activism to Food Citizenship
  • Our Accomplishments
  • The People's Food Policy Project put federal food policy on the political map
    • 60 media hits
    • 2 federal parties’ support
    • 700 pledges signed
  • We mobilized 3500 citizens to talk about food policy
  • We produced 10 policy discussion papers that combine people’s vision and values with evidence
    • Infused people with hope
    • Created collaborative space for farmers, fishers and eaters, for rural and urban folk, for indigenous and non
    • Claimed a legitimate space for local food movements in development of national food policy
    • Wove diverse perspectives into a pan-Canadian fabric with a federal voice
  • Our Foundations: What we built on
  • Food Secure Canada
  • The Canadians were determined to bring food sovereignty home to Canada
  • Seven pillars of Food Sovereignty
    • Food for people
    • Values food providers
    • Localizes the food system
    • Puts control locally
    • Works with Nature
    • Builds knowledge and skills
    • Food is sacred (Canada)
  • Our Process How we did it
  • The People's Food Policy Project developed an approach and methodology that reflects the principles of Food Sovereignty in practice
    • Canada ,
    • like most countries
    • Has No National Food Policy
    • ________________
    • Currently food is governed by
    • 5 federal departments,
    • 3 federal agencies and
    • many others at provincial and municipal levels
  • Phase I: Over 1000 Canadians contributed to PFP (2009 - 2010)
  • 25 animators hosted 101 Kitchen Table Talks Painting by Cori Lee Marvin
  • 100 submissions through our exciting and interactive website
  • Electronic communications and good old-fashioned organizing
    • 264 policy submissions collected
    • 10 policy writing teams (~40 people) ‘translated’ the submissions into 10 discussion papers
    • Policy retreat with 40 PFPPers (Mar. 2010)
    • Translating Community Knowledge
    • into Policy Asks
  • 10 Policy Discussion Papers 1. Indigenous Food Sovereignty 2. Food Sovereignty in Rural and Remote Communities 3. Access to Food in Urban Communities 4. Agriculture, Infrastructure and Livelihoods 5. A Sustainable Fishery and Reasonable Livelihood for Fishers 6. Environment and Agriculture 7. Science and Technology for Food and Agriculture 8. Food Trade and International Aid 9. Healthy and Safe Food for All 10. Food Democracy and Governance
    • Phase II:
    • The Cross-country Kitchen Table Talks (2010)
    • Broad invitation to ‘host your own’ kitchen table talk
    • Teleconference training
    • Animators playing key role in local / regional contact
    • Prioritization of policies at Food Secure Canada assembly
    • Phase III –
    • Launch and Advocacy (2011...)
    • Policy discussion papers being reworked to reflect kitchen table talk results
    • April 2011 - Launch the People’s Food Policy during Federal Election
    • Mobilization to keep food on the agenda
  • Citizen Engagement
    • “ Citizen engagement values the right of citizens to have an informed say in the decisions that affect their lives.”
    • Handbook on Citizen Engagement: Beyond Consultation
    • Sheedy et al, 2008
    Adapted from Rowe, et al Level of involvement Flow of Information Public communication One way – sponsor to public Public consultation One way – public to sponsor Public participation / citizen engagement Two way – between sponsor and public
  • What we learned + what’s next
  • Indigenous leadership: learning respect, understanding history, and taking time to do it right
  • Walking the talk
  • People’s Food Policy Priorities
    • Ensuring that food is eaten as close as possible to where it is produced.
    • Supporting food providers in a widespread shift to ecological production in both urban and rural settings, including policies for the entry of new farmers into agriculture.
    • Enacting a strong federal poverty elimination and prevention program, with measurable targets and timelines, to ensure Canadians can better afford healthy food.
    • Creating a nationally-funded Children and Food strategy to ensure that all children at all times have access to the food required for healthy lives.
    • Ensuring that the public, especially the most marginalized, are actively involved in decisions that affect the food system.
  • peoplesfoodpolicy.ca foodsecurecanada.org