Recent World Food Day activities at GCI (see below) stimulated a raft of discussions around food sustainability and food security.
One result of those conversations was broad-based support for a new Community Food Initiative.
To this end, GCI will host a Community Food Workshop for students, academics and members of the public on Tuesday, 6 December 2016 – co-hosted by the GCI Food Systems Program and the Youth Food Movement, Brisbane Chapter.
Please register here to attend.
In addition, the GCI Food Systems Program has set aside limited funding ($3000) for one or more small-scale community food initiatives that best articulate sustainable food principles. We plan to use a participatory process at the workshop to help us select which initiative to support.
Interested parties are invited to share this call widely in their networks, to volunteer ideas that they would like supported, and to attend the workshop on 6 December 2016.
What type of project is likely to be funded?
As long as your project incorporates or articulates sustainable food principles, it will be considered. Community involvement will be highly regarded.
How many projects will GCI support?
Initially, one community food initiative will be supported, with the intention to support another in the next year that will require leveraging GCI funds.
How will the initiative be supported?
Successful project convenors will be asked to work within guidelines provided by a GCI Project Officer. This typically covers many of the basics regarding money, receipts, re-imbursements etc.
World Food Day Discussions
Some of the many ideas canvassed on World Food Day included:
- Support for collaboration with the Integrated Legume Research Centre, teaching students and free workshops on legumes.
- Helping support to student organisations access funds for their initiatives
- Urban farming demonstrations on campus
- Student representatives on UQ senate and academic boards to lobby for support
- Policy tools and social movements and what levers can be used to influence practice change within the university community
- UQ wellness and mental health events to incorporate dimensions of food
- Community gardens styled for different years
- Better signage and labelling in Indigenous garden at UQ
- Spaces for student voices through social networks
- Address lack of healthy affordable alternatives in food provided on campus - students make economic decisions which are not always healthy.
- Broaden focus – not to be too narrowly focussed on society around us and drive change in the broader community around food systems.
- Social movements e.g. food sovereignty
Grace Muriuki (PhD)
Program Manager – Food Systems
Global Change Institute
Level 3, Building 20, Staff House Road
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, Qld 4072 Australia
Ph: (+61 7) 3443 3146