Food Security 
Unravelling the Underlying Causes & Identifying Solutions 

Food is an essential part of every persons' life. It nourishes us, it brings us together, and from production to culinary it drives innovation.

When a person does not have enough to eat of the right foods - it can be a source of stress, shame, and malnutrition.  

The pandemic has underlined the interconnection between our economy and food security. At the same time, it has emphasized the power of community to respond during a crisis and take care of those most in need. It has also revealed that when our agri-food systems are under heightened pressure and unexpected demands, more people are at risk to become food insecure.

To say the least, we have learned a lot about our agri-food system and how different people and organizations are effected by disruptions. We are eager to keep this process of learning going during and after the pandemic is over through our collaborative project 
Growing Stronger

In this newsletter, we discuss COVID-19's impact on global food security, highlight collaborations that seek to mitigate both food waste and food insecurity, and reveal our newest cohort of scholars who will apply their research to enhance and grow our agri-food systems.  

- Evan Fraser, Director of Arrell Food Institute 

Scholar Announcement
ix new scholars have earned the prestigious Arrell Scholarships this year

The Arrell Scholars represent a range of agri-food expertise, from nutrition to ecosystem health to reproductive biology. The Arrell Scholar program provides $50,000 per year scholarships to academically excellent graduate students who demonstrate an effort to build a healthier, more sustainable and more just food system. As part of the scholarship each student will participate in an applied learning program where they will hone valuable leadership skills and build stronger networks in the agri-food sector.
Meet the Scholars
Our fourth webinar, Food Security: The intersection, highlights that before
COVID-19 arrived on the scene, food security was already an issue in our communities and around the world.

The panelists explore: how the pandemic exacerbated this problem, and where do we go next to address them both?

Featured Speakers

Gwen Chapman, Dean, College of Social & Applied Human Sciences (moderator)
Leticia Deawuo, Director, Black Creek Community Farm
Elizabeth Finnis, Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology
Robert Friendship, Professor, Department of Population Medicine
Arvinder Pannu, MSc Candidate, Capacity Development and Extension Program

If you missed our first three webinars, recordings are available 

What We Are Reading
COVID-19 - Potential Impact on the World's Poorest People

"COVID-19 in rich and poor countries are two starkly different realities but connected by the thread of globalization and humanity."

Over 800 million people go to bed hungry on a regular basis. The
World Food Program examined in a recent report how COVID-19 may increase the number of people that struggle with food insecurity and the severity of hunger, especially in the global south. 

Read the Report

What We Are Watching
Student and community collaboration spark innovation 

1 in 8 Canadian households are food insecure, while many perfectly edible raw ingredients go to waste.

Our students partnered with
The SEED in Guelph to explore how these two complex societal problems can be addressed by repurposing ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. 

Learn More
An opportunity to share your perspective on the resilience of Canada's agri-food system
How was COVID-19 impacted your work? Or maybe even your relationship with food?

The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute and Arrell Food Institute are convening actors across the system to analyze where we should direct our energy to ensure a safer, healthier and more sustainable future.

Interested in sharing evidence and your perspective on how COVID-19 has impacted Canada's food security and the food system more broadly?

Click here to be a part of the dialogue.
Food Security and COVID-19 News and Resources
  • Student Food Insecurity. Prof. Phil Loring and co-authors discuss some of the underlying causes to student food insecurity before, during and after COVID-19. Read the Article
  • Food Prices and Healthy Eating. Prof. Simon Somogyi comments on how changes in food prices may make it more challenging to eat healthy. Read the Article
  • Global Food Security. Prof. Evan Fraser comments on COVID-19's impact on global food security and those most vulnerable. Watch the Video
Who We Are Following
Emily Kaliel

Emily Kaliel is an Arrell Scholar and is pursing her PhD in the History Department. Kaliel's research is focused on public health nutrition programs in northern prairies, where she evaluates how these programs have worked positively or negatively to affect nutrition and food security of that particular population. 
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