This report, written in partnership with Oxfam, describes research into links between community food projects in the North and South of the globe. It considers the benefits of sharing knowledge, since people in poverty are often dealing with similar barriers to food security, no matter where they live. Using case studies, the report suggests that establishing links could provide an as yet untapped and innovative solution to some of the problems caused by increasing globalisation.
This report, written in partnership with Oxfam, describes research into links between community food projects in the North and South of the globe.
In 1998 Sustain’s Food Poverty Project Officer visited a number of inspiring community projects in El Salvador in Central America. She was struck by the realisation that projects in rich, Northern hemisphere countries, and in poorer, Southern hemisphere countries were dealing with some very similar barriers to food security and social exclusion, and often in similar ways.
Back in the UK, Sustain's Food Poverty project resolved to look more closely at the potential benefits (and limitations) of projects in the North and South being linked more closely, and worked with the global development charity Oxfam to do so. This report is the culmination of those initial thoughts and more detailed research into community food projects in both the North and South of the globe.
The report is timely, as the negative effects of increasing world trade are felt more acutely in ever more remote parts of the world. At the same time, it considers how best to harness the positive aspects of an increasingly ‘small world’ by bringing community foods projects from northern and southern countries together to share experiences and learning. It also considers how best to spread good practice and encourage more structured approaches that might make the benefits of these projects more sustainable in the longer term.
The 103pp report contains numerous examples of community groups developing innovative, imaginative, sustainable and workable food projects that improve the lives and environment of their local communities. The community food projects involved in this research were keen to see a project develop that could support links between community food initiatives in different areas of the world, delivering real benefits for their own projects and for others yet to be unearthed. In light of increasing dissatisfaction and community disempowerment, and the clear inability of the world trade system to cope with poverty, food insecurity and social exclusion, this report demonstrates a source of knowledge and human experience from which communities, governments and policy actors in both Northern and Southern countries can learn.
Why this study?
Food poverty in the North and South
Finding solutions to food poverty and insecurity
Common themes in the North and South
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