Food Security and Sovereignty

“Food sovereignty is the right of each nation to maintain and develop its own capacity to produce its basic foods respecting cultural and productive diversity” (Vía Campesina 1996).


Browse these links to learn about more about local, regional, provincial, national and global food security and food sovereignty projects and issues. Feel free to email us to send us additional links to add to this growing resource page.

Find resources for seed-saving on our “Seeds” resource page.

 

University of Victoria

UVic Community Cabbage
A student-run group who provides experiential learning opportunities to learn about local food waste by rescuing food in the region and sharing food on campus.

Planting the Seeds: Towards an Urban Agriculture Learning Centre at UVic
Megan Thom’s 2006 report investigating “proposals for an urban agriculture learning center on the CJVI lands of the University of Victoria campus”.

Common Energy 

UVic Sustainability Project

Feeding Our Future blog is a forum for discussion, exploration, and critical reflection on the question: “how healthy is our food system?” While it was only open for participation from February 21 to April 6, 2008, the postings and discussions on this blog continue to exist as an educational resource.

 

Greater Victoria Area

Victoria Compost Education Centre
Providing composting & organic gardening education to CRD residents since 1992.

Urban Agriculture HUB
LifeCycles’ Urban Agriculture Hub is an interactive community-driven hub that promotes urban agriculture in Victoria. This hub connects Victorian residents to each other and to the resources needed in acquiring the knowledge and tools necessary when growing food within the city. This is Victoria’s source for current urban agriculture workshops and initiatives.

Lekwungen Food Systems
The Lekwungen Food Systems project aims to reinstate Indigenous food systems and food systems management. The project creates awareness about the history and current practices surrounding Indigenous foods with the goal of increasing the number of people involved in removing invasive plants and reinstating indigenous food systems our already stressed, and heavily modified local ecosystems. LFS operates with a view towards food sovereignty in the region, ensuring that cultural roles and responsibilities are respected in regards to Indigenous food  systems, while creating opportunities to celebrate food and remember the importance of these systems and the food stuffs they provide.

Slow Food Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands
The Slow Food Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands Convivium works to supports farmers, breeders and artisan food producers to link with the consumer. We work towards safeguarding our right to food sovereignty. We also encourage a sustainable model of agrifood production and promotes collaboration between producers, cooks and the general public to change the way food is produced today. We promote buying local products as much as we can and share them with others through tasting seminars, dinners, educational events and try to learn and enjoy the great products we have on the Island.

 

British Columbia and Canada

BC Food Systems Network
The BC Food Systems Network was formed in to link people all over the province involved in community-level action related to food. The Network highlights the way food issues cross cultures, sectors, and age groups. Through an email network and annual meetings, we share insights, initiatives, strategies and critical analysis of events in the food system. We also share our own work and stimulate each other through exchange of ideas. Membership is open to anyone and additionally, BCFSN has an active listserv and mailing list.

Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Created for the purpose of increasing awareness of the underlying issues, concerns and strategies impacting food security in Indigenous communities. The WGIFS seeks to apply culturally appropriate protocols and ancient ways of knowing through a consensus-based approach to critically analyzing issues, concerns and strategies as they relate to Indigenous food, land, culture, health, economics, and sustainability.

Nourish the Nation
Wage Solidarity is an idea inspired by Queen Sacheen of Ancestral Pride, to build active allyship by contributing monetary funds to autonomous Indigenous nationhood movements on Turtle Island, such as Nourish the Nation. Contact to donate or get involved: wage.solidarity[at]gmail.com.

UBC Farm
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm integrates interdisciplinary academic, community, and production programs to explore and exemplify healthy and sustainable food systems. This 40-acre space provides learning opportunities for students, children’s education programs, and runs a weekly farmer’s market in the summer

City Farmer News
City Farmer’s first web site Urban Agriculture Notes (www.cityfarmer.org) has hundreds of pages of information about city farming. Begun in 1994, it was the first web site on the Internet to publish information about urban farming. Our Internet websites grew out of our newspaper publication, “City Farmer”, which began in 1978. City Farmer teaches people how to grow food in the city, compost their waste and take care of their home landscape in an environmentally responsible way.

Local Food Micro-Loan Fund
FarmFolk CityFolk, Island Chef’s Collaborative and Vancity partner up to offer zero interst micro loans to local food producers. Aim of the fund is to provide capital for farmers, fishers, ranchers, harvestors and processers to invest in equipment and materials to allow them to increase the supply of local food in their region.

FarmFolk CityFolk’s Community Farms Program
The Community Farms Program is at the forefront of encouraging alternative forms of land ownership to ensure our agricultural lands remain in production in perpetuity. We help landowners, farmers, and local communities develop and support community farm models in BC, conserve farmland, and build healthy, local food systems. We provide information and resources for community farm stakeholders through a web page, a network, roundtable and other meetings, and personal contact, and help farmers access affordable farmland.

Young Agrarians
Supporting a network of young farmers across Canada, inspired by the Greenhorns.

Community Good Centres Canada
A Community Food Centre is a welcoming space where people come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. CFCs provide people with emergency access to high-quality food in a dignified setting that doesn’t compromise their self-worth. People learn cooking and gardening skills there, and kids get their hands dirty in the garden and kitchen in ways that expand their tastebuds and help them make healthier food choices. Community members find their voices on the issues that matter to them, and people find friends and support. CFCs offer multifaceted, integrated and responsive programming in a shared space where food builds health, hope, skills and community.

National Farmers Union
The National Farmers Union is an organization made up of Canadian farm families. Our goal is to work together to achieve agricultural policies which will ensure dignity and security of income for farm families while enhancing the land for future generations.The National Farmers Union is unique among farm organizations in working for people’s interests against corporate control of our food system.

Food Secure Canada
Food Secure Canada is a pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty through three inter-locking goals: zero hunger, healthy and safe food, and sustainable food systems.

 

International

La Via Campesina
The international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. La Via Campesina comprises about 164 local and national organizations in 73 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Altogether, it represents about 200 million farmers. It is an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent from any political, economic or other type of affiliation.

Slow Food
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.

GRAIN 
A small international non-profit organisation that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.

Food First
A large network of committed activists and scholars who produce cutting-edge analysis and educational resources, and who work closely with grassroots social movements.  Our work—including action-oriented research, publications, projects and Food Sovereignty Tours—gives you the tools to understand the global challenges, build your local movement, and engage with the global movement for food sovereignty.

Environmental and Food Justice Blog
Comprehensive blog developed and moderated by Dr. Devon G. Pena, professor at the University of Washington, a farmer and seed saver with the Acquecia Insititute in Colorado, which supports water democracies, resilient agriculture, and environmental justice.

Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security
American Community Garden Association

 

Toolkits and Guides

Community Cannery Toolkit
Produced by the West End Food Co-op, Vancouver