Planning for Future Food Systems

Overview

In 2022, the Public Health Association of BC teamed up with researchers from Royal Roads University to launch the Planning for Future Food Systems: Aligning Efforts with Actions project. Through this initiative, innovative tools were developed to support food system actors in embedding social justice and decolonial principles into their work. These tools are intended to enhance the collective capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities to create a more just, equitable, and inclusive food system.

The resulting Food Justice Community Planning Tool and a Just Food System Evaluation Framework were successfully piloted with food actors in several communities across BC and are now available for public use below.

Food system actors, such as local and provincial governments, non-profit organizations, food policy councils and networks, school food programs, food producers, among others, can apply these tools to support their work.

 

Partners

This Project is made possible with funding from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.

Planning for Future Food Systems: Aligning Efforts with Actions is also supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

 

Food Justice Community Planning Tool

The Planning Tool is a guide to help communities ensure their food-related initiatives are fair, inclusive and equitable. It is designed to be used early on in planning, decision-making, and engaging with the public.

The tool can help individuals, organisations and communities apply an equity lens to their work, recognise and challenge harmful assumptions, and develop the skills and awareness to create fair and resilient ways of dealing with food systems.

To access the Planning Tool, download the User Guide.

 

 

 

Just Food System Evaluation Framework

The Evaluation Framework can be used to assess whether existing or planned initiatives (e.g., projects, policies, programs, etc.) contribute to justice, equity, decolonization and inclusion (JEDI) in the food system.

It also serves as an organisational audit tool, helping organizations identify JEDI outcomes that are supported through their work, and gaps that may require further attention.

Additionally, the Framework can be used to measure, track and document community progress towards a more just and equitable food system.

Ultimately, this informative tool can help to guide strategic planning, prioritization, and resource allocation, as well as support advocacy efforts.

We created several resources for exploring the Just Food Systems Evaluation Framework. To learn more about how the Framework was developed, download this report.

 

 

To explore the Framework and learn how to apply it to your work, check out our Interactive Digital User Guide:

 

 

Interactive Digital User Guide

Part 1: Explore the Framework:

* To navigate the tool and zoom in/out, use your mouse, trackpad, or click the three dots at the bottom right of the screen.

 

Part 2: Apply the Evaluation Framework:

* To navigate the tool and zoom in/out, use your mouse, trackpad, or click the three dots at the bottom right of the screen.

 

 

Contact

If you have questions or feedback on the tools, please contact us at admin@phabc.org.

Thank you for your interest in these tools; we hope they will support our collective efforts towards establishing a more just, equitable and inclusive food system.