Below is a curated collection of educational resources, case examples and activities from other organizations. Note that some resources found in Food Security may be applicable to Food Sovereignty, and vice versa.
This is an interdisciplinary research project that focuses on the challenges of global food security and sustainability. Teachers will find a helpful explanation of the food system, as well as challenges facing the food system, which will help to build a foundational understanding of food security and sovereignty.
Food Secure Canada was formally incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006. Since its incorporation, FSC has worked to reform Canada’s food system, by building support for healthy foods in schools and health care institutions, supporting new farmers, and Indigenous food sovereignty. FSC also worked with the Federal Government of Canada in the creation of the National Food Policy Council which will advise on new and emerging challenges and enable on-going discussion on food-related challenges and opportunities, and will assess gaps in policies. FSC has said: “We all eat, thus have the right to know and influence how our food is produced, and to work together to ensure that all Canadians can have access to healthy and secure food, every day.”
Food Share is a Toronto-based non-profit organization that works towards food justice and an improved food system by collaborating with communities most affected by poverty and food insecurity, including the Black, Indigenous, and Disabled communities. Some middle school resources specific to food waste include:
CFRAIR is an organization committed to the celebration of, and access to, local, sustainable, and healthy food as well as healthy, equitable, and sustainable food systems in the Capitol Region. This organization participates in a variety of initiatives on topics like farmland and foodland advocacy, food literacy, and Indigenous Food Sovereignty, as well as offers resources such as readings, a podcast, and a video on topics related to racism and food, and the food system. To discover their different initiatives, click on the relevant link:
- Farmland and Foodland Advocacy
- Food Literacy
- Indigenous Food Sovereignty
- For resources linking racism and the food system, click here.
- To discover the latest on COVID-19 and its impact on regional food systems, click here.
Oxfam Education offers a wide range of resources and support for classrooms in order to promote global learning and provide ways to affect positive change amongst students. Included in these resources is a page of downloadable lessons for young students that focus on the complexity of the global food system, by exploring topics such as global supply chains, challenges faced by small-scale farmers, and the fairness of food. These resources are organized into six “sessions,” plus an introduction to global food challenges, thus turning the individual resources into a curriculum that teachers can follow. Sessions for young students are as follows. These might be able to be adapted for older students, as well.
- Session 1 Why Are People Hungry?
- Session 2 Where Does Our Food Come From?
- Session 3 Who Produces Our Food?
- Session 4 What Are Global Supply Chains?
- Session 5 Is Food Fair?
- Session 6 Taking Action
Your local community will have various resources for education about food security, sustainable agriculture, and working toward food sovereignty.
In Victoria, BC, check out LifeCycles and One Planet Saanich. One of LifeCycles’ projects is the development of community gardens, tended by youth, whose harvest supplies local soup kitchens. The maxim they run by is Think Globally, Act Locally. One Planet Saanich provides a simple framework of ten simple principles, from health and happiness and sustainable food to zero carbon energy, to help create sustainability and drive change. OPS works with municipalities, organizations, businesses, schools and other community groups in Canada (Saanich), Denmark (Elsinore), South Africa (Durban) and the UK (Oxfordshire).
The curriculum is divided into four modules: one each for consumers, faith and anti-hunger groups, environmentalists and farmers. This collection of education-for-action exercises and factsheets has been developed by Grassroots International and the National Family Farm Coalition to help build the food sovereignty movement.
The Africa Food Prize winner talks about her work with Kenya’s smallholder farmers, and how indigenous crops can be a tool in the battle against food insecurity and climate change.
The Food Security Gateway is a website that helps people and organizations across BC access up-to-date food security information and resources.
In this publication, the European Coordination Via Campesina delivers a thorough account of the concept of Food Sovereignty, an approach and process developed by the people most threatened by the processes of the consolidation of power in food and agricultural systems: peasant farmers. Instead of being destroyed by the forces of history they are offering a proposal to solve the multiple crises which humanity is facing.
The Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool (FSAT) assists Native communities in reclaiming their local food systems. It helps demystify the process of data collection about local food systems and provides tools and a framework for Native communities to measure and assess food access, land use and food policy in their communities.
A fantastic virtual museum dedicated to food and climate issues in La Guajira has been created by Dejusticia, a Colombia-based research and advocacy organization. The museum displays a series of beautiful artwork which, in their own words, "shows one of our crudest realities: the constant violation of the fundamental rights of the largest indigenous people in Colombia and Venezuela." Visit the museum at https://www.siembrawayuu.com/introduccion. The virtual tour culminates in Dejustica's five recommendations to address the food and climate emergency.
This is a great video explaining some of the food sovereignty facing Wayuu peoples in Colombia. Watch it and read the translation on our site at: https://www.fourstoriesaboutfood.org/video-gallery/#guajira.