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Food insecurity — a city level response? Birmingham Food Council workshop on 11th May 2015

If the drivers for emergency food aid (food banks and the like) are here to stay, what city-level infrastructure changes can Birmingham put in place to ensure all our citizens eat well?

Slides for our workshop on 11th May 2015.

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Food insecurity — a city level response? Birmingham Food Council workshop on 11th May 2015

  1. 1. we aim for all our children to enjoy tasty, healthy meals . . . and eat them in good company
  2. 2. welcome & introductions
  3. 3. 3 months — 3 hours — 3 weeks — 3 months we aim for all our children to enjoy tasty, healthy meals . . . and eat them in good company ⇡ ⇡⇡ Where this workshop fits in the project
  4. 4. food insecurity — a city-level response? Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, economic and social access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. UN-FAO World Food Summit 1996, 2012 we aim for all our children to enjoy tasty, healthy meals . . . and eat them in good company
  5. 5. Food security is universally applicable . . . is more than food production . . . is underpinned by food systems Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, economic and social access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. UN-FAO World Food Summit 1996, 2012 Food security; i.e. stability over time for: we aim for all our children to enjoy tasty, healthy meals . . . and eat them in good company Dr John Ingram, ECI Food Systems Programme Leader, Oxford Martin School, 2015 food utilisation food access food availability ✦ affordability ✦ allocation ✦ preference ✦ production ✦ distribution ✦ exchange ✦ nutritional value ✦ social value ✦ food safety
  6. 6. Food security is universally applicable . . . is more than food production . . . is underpinned by food systems. Food security: i.e. stability over time for food utilisation, food access and food availability. Dr John Ingram, Oxford Martin School, 2015 Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, economic and social access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. UN-FAO World Food Summit 1996, 2012 In emergency food systems individuals become receivers of food — stripped of their agency and choice, a key value in the contemporary food system in the UK. Hannah Lambie-Mumford, SPERI Paper No 18, 2015
  7. 7. built infrastructures social customs over time & locality city scale: current spend £3bn/year & (min) 2bn kcal per day eating is social glue
  8. 8. food insecurity — a city-level response? we aim for all our children to enjoy tasty, healthy meals . . . and eat them in good company In emergency food systems individuals become receivers of food — stripped of their agency and choice, a key value in the contemporary food system in the UK. Hannah Lambie-Mumford, SPERI Paper No 18, 2015 TEXAS? US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cost $74.1bn in 2014. 46.5M Americans received on average $125.35 pcm
  9. 9. image of baby Ewan by :Salihan and used with kind permission under a creative commons licence food insecurity — a city-level response? we aim for all our children to enjoy tasty, healthy meals . . . and eat them in good company food insecurity — a city-level response?
  10. 10. food insecurity — a city-level response? AGENDA Kate’s intro drivers of food poverty now & in the future what might the future look like? what options do we have/will we have? review close food insecurity — a city-level response?
  11. 11. food insecurity — a city-level response? TASK ONE List as many of the current drivers of emergency food aid that you can . . . Make a list! (i.e. don’t discuss whys & wherefores) Use ONLY a green pen please — and write on the table-cloths provided
  12. 12. And what might be the future drivers? TASK ONE/cont List possible future drivers . . . Then group them in terms of where decision- making happens use Figure 1 to help you think about decision-making levels Use ONLY a blue pen please — and write on the table-cloths provided
  13. 13. What can we learn from other times & other places about communities & food? TASK TWO Combine your collective experiences to share what we can learn from other times & cultures optional starter for ten from the here & now: school dinners, work canteens, takeaways, soup kitchens, allotments, Big Lunch, chilled meals, cafes & restaurants . . . use Figure 2 to help you think about elements in our food systems Capture as much as you can on post-its or A4
  14. 14. What could it be like ten years out . . . TASK THREE Imagine it’s May 2025. All our citizens are well fed . . . What could be happening? Imagine . . . stories from the future . . . social situations . . . scenarios This task is about possibilities — lots of ’em! — not about probabilities Capture what you can on a new table-cloth . . . Use ONLY a black pen please
  15. 15. What’s important? TASK FOUR If some of these possibilities happen, what city-level social and connector infrastructures are needed? And what else in the city? What do we stop doing? What do we start doing? What do we continue doing? On an A3 sheet, list your ideas using a red pen under STOP, START & CONTINUE
  16. 16. food insecurity — a city-level response? we aim for all our children to enjoy tasty, healthy meals . . . and eat them in good company Kate’s three questions . . . and thank you!

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