Food Security: Many Teams – Common Goal

A commitment to food security by the diversity of players in the agrifood economy will significantly help in the positive evolution of a national food policy. So it is promising that a symposium of influential leaders in food security matters is being held on March 28 in Toronto under the auspices of Feed Opportunity – Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security. Food Secure Canada, the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, and the McConnell Foundation — all strong proponent of a national food policy and council — are some of the many institutions presenting.

The agenda can be found here.

Participants include, among others, representatives of the food value chain from “field to fork”, federal and provincial governments, universities and “think tanks,” and civil society including food banks/centres and northern and indigenous stakeholders.

Base on the agenda, “scaling up” is one of the themes of the symposium, especially with respect to innovative initiatives within civil society. Within the corporate private sector this might be referred to as “investing in economies of scale” or “competitiveness.”  At this symposium, participants can share their perspectives on their various challenges and opportunities for scaling up for the greatest social impact  Under review will be current and future policies and actions of civil society, the corporate private sector, and government toward food security.