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


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

  1. 1. From Food Activism to Food Citizenship
  2. 2. Our Accomplishments
  3. 3. The People's Food Policy Project put federal food policy on the political map
  4. 4. <ul><li>60 media hits </li></ul><ul><li>2 federal parties’ support </li></ul><ul><li>700 pledges signed </li></ul>
  5. 5. We mobilized 3500 citizens to talk about food policy
  6. 6. We produced 10 policy discussion papers that combine people’s vision and values with evidence
  7. 7. <ul><li>Infused people with hope </li></ul><ul><li>Created collaborative space for farmers, fishers and eaters, for rural and urban folk, for indigenous and non </li></ul><ul><li>Claimed a legitimate space for local food movements in development of national food policy </li></ul><ul><li>Wove diverse perspectives into a pan-Canadian fabric with a federal voice </li></ul>
  8. 8. Our Foundations: What we built on
  9. 11. Food Secure Canada
  10. 13. The Canadians were determined to bring food sovereignty home to Canada
  11. 14. Seven pillars of Food Sovereignty <ul><li>Food for people </li></ul><ul><li>Values food providers </li></ul><ul><li>Localizes the food system </li></ul><ul><li>Puts control locally </li></ul><ul><li>Works with Nature </li></ul><ul><li>Builds knowledge and skills </li></ul><ul><li>Food is sacred (Canada) </li></ul>
  12. 15. Our Process How we did it
  13. 16. The People's Food Policy Project developed an approach and methodology that reflects the principles of Food Sovereignty in practice
  14. 17. <ul><li>Canada , </li></ul><ul><li>like most countries </li></ul><ul><li>Has No National Food Policy </li></ul><ul><li>________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Currently food is governed by </li></ul><ul><li>5 federal departments, </li></ul><ul><li>3 federal agencies and </li></ul><ul><li>many others at provincial and municipal levels </li></ul>
  15. 18. Phase I: Over 1000 Canadians contributed to PFP (2009 - 2010)
  16. 19. 25 animators hosted 101 Kitchen Table Talks Painting by Cori Lee Marvin
  17. 20. 100 submissions through our exciting and interactive website
  18. 21. Electronic communications and good old-fashioned organizing
  19. 22. <ul><li>264 policy submissions collected </li></ul><ul><li>10 policy writing teams (~40 people) ‘translated’ the submissions into 10 discussion papers </li></ul><ul><li>Policy retreat with 40 PFPPers (Mar. 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Translating Community Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>into Policy Asks </li></ul>
  20. 23. 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
  21. 24. <ul><li>Phase II: </li></ul><ul><li>The Cross-country Kitchen Table Talks (2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Broad invitation to ‘host your own’ kitchen table talk </li></ul><ul><li>Teleconference training </li></ul><ul><li>Animators playing key role in local / regional contact </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritization of policies at Food Secure Canada assembly </li></ul>
  22. 25. <ul><li>Phase III – </li></ul><ul><li>Launch and Advocacy (2011...) </li></ul><ul><li>Policy discussion papers being reworked to reflect kitchen table talk results </li></ul><ul><li>April 2011 - Launch the People’s Food Policy during Federal Election </li></ul><ul><li>Mobilization to keep food on the agenda </li></ul>
  23. 26. Citizen Engagement <ul><li>“ Citizen engagement values the right of citizens to have an informed say in the decisions that affect their lives.” </li></ul><ul><li>Handbook on Citizen Engagement: Beyond Consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Sheedy et al, 2008 </li></ul>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
  24. 27. What we learned + what’s next
  25. 28. Indigenous leadership: learning respect, understanding history, and taking time to do it right
  26. 29. Walking the talk
  27. 30. People’s Food Policy Priorities <ul><li>Ensuring that food is eaten as close as possible to where it is produced. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Enacting a strong federal poverty elimination and prevention program, with measurable targets and timelines, to ensure Canadians can better afford healthy food. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring that the public, especially the most marginalized, are actively involved in decisions that affect the food system. </li></ul>
  28. 31. peoplesfoodpolicy.ca foodsecurecanada.org