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Sustainable Food System Assessment (Open Access)

Lessons from Global Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Blay-Palmer Alison, Damien Conaré, Ken Meter, Amanda Di Battista, Carla Johnston

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264 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Description

Sustainable Food System Assessment provides both practical and theoretical insights about the growing interest in and response to measuring food system sustainability. Bringing together research from the Global North and South, this book shares lessons learned, explores intended and actual project outcomes, and highlights points of conceptual and methodological convergence.

Interest in assessing food system sustainability is growing, as evidenced by the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and the importance food-systems initiatives have taken in serving as a lever for attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This book opens by looking at the conceptual considerations of food systems indicators, including the place-based dimensions of food systems indicators and how measurements are implicated in sense-making and visioning processes. Chapters in the second section cover operationalizing metrics, including the development of food systems indicator frameworks, degrees of indicator complexities, and practical constraints to assessment. The final section focuses on the outcomes of assessment projects, including impacts on food policy and communities involved, highlighting the importance of building connections between sustainable food systems initiatives.

The global coverage and multi-scalar perspectives, including both conceptual and practical aspects, makes this a key resource for academics and practitioners across planning, geography, urban studies, food studies and research methods. It will also be of interest to government officials and those working within NGOs.

Table of Contents

1. Sustainable Food System Assessment: Lessons from global practice

Alison Blay-Palmer, Damien Conaré, Ken Meter and Amanda Di Battista

2. An Emerging User-led Participatory Methodology: Mapping Impact Pathways of Urban Food System Sustainability Innovations

Elodie Valette, Damien Conaré, Kerstin Schreiber, Nicolas Bricas, Alison Blay-Palmer and Veronica Bonomelli

3. Taking care of the land: an interdisciplinary approach to community-based food systems assessment in Kakisa, Northwest Territories, Canada

Andrew Spring, Kelly Skinner, Melaine Simba, Erin Nelson, Jennifer Baltzer, Heidi Swanson and Merritt Turetsky

4. Assessing Food Systems as Complex Adaptive Systems: Conceptual Views and U.S. Applications

Ken Meter

5. Data gaps and the politics of data: Generating appropriate data for food system assessment in Cape Town, South Africa

Jane Battersby

6. Action-research as a tool to measure progress in sustainable food cities: enacting reflexive governance principles to develop indicators

Ana Moragues-Faus

7. Building consensus on sustainable food system assessment: applying a Delphi survey

Paolo Prosperi, Thomas Allen and Bruce Cogill

8. Building the foundation to grow food policy: the development of a toolkit to measure advocacy capacity

Anne Palmer and Raychel Santo

9. Tools for Food System Change: City Region Food System Assessment, Planning and Policy

Guido Santini, Marielle Dubbeling and Alison Blay-Palmer

10. Assessing responsible food consumption in three Ecuadorian city-regions

Myriam Paredes, Donald C. Cole, Fabian Muñoz, Gabriel April-Lalonde, Yubari Valero, Priscila Prado, Laura Boada, Peter R. Berti and the Ekomer project team

11. Integrating Upstream Determinants and Downstream Food Metrics

Nevin Cohen

12. The View from Here: A Critical Consideration of Sustainable Food System Assessments

Alison Blay-Palmer, Damien Conaré, Ken Meter and Amanda Di Battista

About the Editors

Alison Blay-Palmer is Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and Professor Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Damien Conaré is Secrétaire general of the Chaire Unesco Alimentations du monde, Montpellier SupAgro, France

Ken Meter is President of the Crossroads Resource Center, USA

Amanda Di Battista is a Project Coordinator at the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Canada

Carla Johnston is a PhD Candidate, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier Center for Sustainable Food Systems, Canada

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment

This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to food, society and the environment. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (Hannah.Ferguson@tandf.co.uk).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NAT010000
NATURE / Ecology
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science