In a period of intensifying globalization and interconnectivity, cities in both developed and developing contexts are increasingly relying on global supply chains to meet their food requirements. Simultaneously, rapid processes of urbanization are swelling many cities and shifting the locus of poverty from rural to urban spaces, which only puts further pressure on already unsustainable … Continue reading “Cities and Food” Event Summary
From May to August 2015, Sierra Nickel, Josh Rempel, Marie Verbenkov, and myself conducted research in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. Our article, titled 'Supermarket Food Procurement Practices in Dar es Salaam: Risks and Benefits for Rural Smallholder Farmers', has been published in the Fall-Winter 2016 issue of the Undercurrent. I couldn't think of a more … Continue reading Undercurrent Publication
Lisa and I (Jeremy) are kick-starting a research project with the East African Institute of Aga Khan University in Nairobi. The following is a concept note I created that will help guide our inquiry into supermarket supply chain systems and customer purchasing habits. Supermarket economies are proliferating in East Africa, but the extent to which … Continue reading Supermarket Food Supply Chain Systems in Nairobi: Where Does Your Food Come From?
Working in the field of public policy can be as diverse as the issues with which you engage - and it needs to be if we are to do it properly. Policy issues need to be characterized by their intimate interconnectedness, and are explicable only by reference to the whole. Thus, approaches to activism and … Continue reading Policy and Art: Inclusive Practices Bring Issues Down to Earth
The promotion and integration of agriculture into urban settings is not just a fad, it is an essential piece to building our cities sustainably. Urban agriculture is a globally relevant phenomenon, and as a development strategy it has the potential to intersect with a plurality of social, economic, and environmental issues. Urban farming closes the … Continue reading Urban Farming: From Canada’s West to Africa’s East
Patricia and I (Jeremy) are focusing on developing a profile for Kiroko Enterprises, an urban farming teaching centre and an excellent example of how a sustainable urban agriculture enterprise can influence, engage and mobilize local communities around a plurality of social, economic, and environmental issues. We have been interviewing the director and employees of Kiroko … Continue reading Nairobi Interns
This past September, the United Nations ratified 17 global sustainable development goals that will provide a framework for the world’s development through 2030. On Tuesday, October 13, Cherie Enns, Yvon Dandurand, and Amy Prevost hosted an event in the Student Union Building that aimed to link these ratified goals with community engagement from recently returned … Continue reading UFV and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: Event Summary