Toward Integrated Food Systems Governance: Policy, Justice and Social Movements (Part 2)

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Grand Ballroom E, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Charles Levkoe, Luke Craven
Chairs: Charles Levkoe


Social movements focusing on sustainable food systems and the connections with social and ecological justice have made significant headway over the past decades. Beyond developing place-based initiatives, many of these groups have worked to scale-up their activities to address broader policy and play a meaningful role in food systems governance. This focus has been a response to top-down food policy frameworks that take a fragmented approached, treat symptoms rather than structural causes, and tend to overlook on-the-ground realities, needs and priorities of people and communities in favor of broader economic development.
In response, community-based efforts are attempting to focus on public engagement in policy making processes, often emphasizing opportunities for more participatory forms of engagement rooted in systems thinking, which recognizes the interconnections between environmental, social, and economic injustices. And, outside of civil society, there is a growing awareness among policymakers that how, where and what we eat is the result of complex interactions of various factors, actors and social forces, necessitating more joined-up and integrated governance responses. Attempts at participatory and integrated food policy, though, are not without their challenges. They require innovative policy arrangements that cross multiple geographic, scalar and administrative boundaries, raising numerous quandaries about how responsibility is apportioned, priorities are set, and success is measured.
The aims of these sessions are to draw together diverse perspectives, experiences, and empirical research on integrated food policy to explore its pitfalls and possibilities. How have different integrated food policies been designed, implemented and evaluated at different scales? What participatory structures can promote a shared vision for food systems change? What is the role of social movements and civil society groups in food systems governance? What have been some notable successes and what are the challenges? How has social and ecological justice been addressed by these attempts at integrated food policy?
This session is sponsored by the AAG’s Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Luke Craven*, University of New South Wales, Canberra, Eating in the City: Food Policy, Complexity and the Politics of Hunger 20 2:40 PM
Presenter Ashley Boudreau*, Lakehead University, Connie Nelson, Director of Food Security Research Network, A Regional Food Charter for Northwestern Ontario: Integrating Community Food Systems 20 3:00 PM
Presenter Colleen Hammelman*, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Challenges to supporting urban agriculture through food system governance in Toronto 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Nathan McClintock*, Portland State University, Christiana Miewald, Simon Fraser University, Eugene McCann*, Simon Fraser University, Beyond food: Rethinking urban agriculture governance in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, BC 20 3:40 PM

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