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March 2017

Report: PURCHASING POWER: 10 Lessons on Getting More Local, Sustainable and Delicious Food in Schools, Hospitals and Campuses

by Food Secure Canada and The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

This report presents ten lessons learned about changing institutional food (purchasing and food services) and identifies barriers as well as levers for change in the larger systems of which these institutions are a part. We hope the report will inform and inspire institutions, organizations, funders and policy makers to leverage local, sustainable food purchasing by institutions and bring about significant social, economic, health and environmental impacts.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems

May 2016


by Canadian Food Funders Collaborative

This report explores the current Canadian food system and highlights key opportunities for funders to support work to drive significant and systemic impact in this field. There are three sections: an overview of the Canadian food system based on the perspective of select stakeholders, an assessment of the current national funding landscape through analysis of survey data, and detailed profiles of participating Canadian funding organizations.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems

January 2016

Report: Evidence of Change: The sustainable livelihoods framework

by Ricardo Ramirez

A new guide to help with the assessment of changes in the physical, natural, financial and human dimensions of a project, using the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework. Based on a theory often used in international development projects, it was developed by Ricardo Ramirez with input from several partners. It was tested by two projects in Saskatoon and Nova Scotia, and while it was developed to support projects funded under the Regional Value Chain program, we hope that it proves useful to a wider audience.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems

June 15, 2015

Report: Food, Farms, Fish and Finance: Practical impact investment strategies to seed and sustain local food systems

by Christie Young

Food, Farms, Fish and Finance, a new report commissioned by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, examines impact investing in local sustainable food systems in Canada.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems

February 4, 2015

Report: Dollars and Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario’s Food System

by Econometric Research Limited, Harry Cummings & Associates, Rod MacRae, PhD

A new study identifies the impact of local food in Southern Ontario and explores scenarios to increase the supply of local food, create jobs, protect the environment and support healthier lifestyles.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainability

October 16, 2014

Report: Building Sustainable Food Systems in Canada: A Role for Investors


Building Sustainable Food Systems in Canada: A Role for Investors, outlines the negative impacts that corporate activities across the food value chain can have on food system sustainability.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainability

June 21, 2013

Video: Feeding 9 Billion

Food security expert Dr Evan Fraser guides you through a whiteboard presentation of his solution to the Global Food Crisis.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems

February 2012

Video: Where Does Our Food Come From?

by Herb Barbolet

Where Does Our Food Come From? presents an animated history of the world's food system. The video was produced by Emily Carr University students for Herb Barbolet, a leading expert in local food systems and sustainability.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems

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