Food Secure Canada - a pan-Canadian, bilingual not-for-profit organisation released a food policy action plan for renewing the food system in response to Covid-19.
26 May 2020
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Growing Resilience And Equity: Food Policy Action Plan in the Context of Covid-19

Food Secure Canada (FSC) published a policy action plan for renewing the country’s food system in response to Covid-19. The pandemic is magnifying the structural inequalities in our food systems, the insufficiencies of our social protection programs, and the challenges with the dominant food supply chains. Food insecurity in Canada is expected to double from the most recent statistics of 4.4 million people, before the end of the year.

“The moment clearly calls for visionary and bold structural change rather than piecemeal approaches based on ‘more of the same’,” said Gisèle Yasmeen, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada. “The time for healthier, more just and sustainable food systems is now.”

Food Secure Canada’s Growing Resilience and Equity: A Food Policy Action Plan in the Context of Covid-19 charts a way forward, developed through a process of information gathering, consultation and convening with individuals and organizations involved in social movements advancing food system transformation.

Food Secure Canada's proposals

Within an inclusive public-interest based approach, the action plan focuses on the following:

• Addressing the root causes of food insecurity

• Building resilient, ecological local food systems

• Supporting Indigenous food sovereignty

• Championing decent work and justice for workers all along the food chain

 • Ensuring everyone is at the policymaking table

• Harmonizing national and international food policies

• Advancing a National School Food Program. 

Full plan can be downoladed here.

Executive summary can be downloaded here.

About 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 interlocking goals: zero hunger, healthy and safe food, and sustainable food systems.

SFS Statement

The One Planet network’s Sustainable Food Systems Programme is increasingly concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and related short and long-term response policies.

Full statement can be accessed here:

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