Feeding Affordances and Decent Helpings

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This event is for those who work with/in communities to help meet the dietary and/or food access needs of residents, local authorities, academics and other interested parties.  In this workshop we will consider the challenges and opportunities that underpin the question of how third sector organisations, local authorities, and others can effectively come together to reduce food insecurity and improve public health in communities.

Workshop context

The paradox of our food system is that those places where people are the most food insecure are also those with higher rates of illness linked to dietary practices. But how can the food futures of local communities, and the inequalities linked to them, be addressed against a backdrop of global food chains, powerful economic and political interests and complex interaction of social, cultural and personal influences? Local authorities are expected to play an increasing leadership role in addressing these challenges against a backdrop of continued budget reductions, as well as the possibility of locally devolved funding.

In this context, Local authorities and organisations concerned with supporting those who are food insecure need new ways of working together to enable the long term sustainability and security of a community’s food system. The solutions are not easily achievable, but only through a coalition informed by effective civic leadership and the knowldege, skill and energy of third sector organisations will effective strategies be developed reflecting the culture and values of communities themselves.


9:00-10:00  Registration, Coffee and Networking

9:45-10:00  Welcome, Megan Blake, Director of the MA in Food Security and Food Justice, Sr Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Sheffield

10:0-11:30 Confirmed Speakers

Ingun Borg, Principle Research Officer, Department of Work and Pensions, will offer an explanation of Universal Credits and outline its implications for the ways families manage their time in order to meet care and work demands.

Jemma Hynes, Director of Food Programmes at FoodSync, will tell you about Feeding Stockport and the food development work of FoodSync in using whole systems approaches to tackle some of our biggest challenges.

Pamela Graham, Postdoctoral Researcher in Psychology at Northumbria University, will be discussing her research on children’s hunger, brealfast clubs and non-term time feeding programmes.

Katie Badger, Masters Researcher at the University of Sheffield and Summer Intern with Doncaster Council Public Health, will present her work on the ways people use and interact with food banks.

Robert Reid, Ddirector of the Hilltop Centre, will talk about the activities they do to support food security in Edlington and some of the challenges that they face.

11:30-12:00 Questions for the speakers

12:00-12:30 Table introductions and explanation of the afternoon workshop activities

12:30-1:30  Lunch

1:30-3:30  Workshop: collaborative SWOT analysis on the question of how to work together to enable healthy and secure food for communities.

3:30-3:45 Coffee

3:45-4:00 Table Summaries

4:00-4:30 Table discussions on Ideas to take forward into practice for Local Authorities, Community Organisations, and for further research.

4:30-5:00 Feedback on final discussion and summary of the day

Attendees are invited to a wine and cheese reception from 5:00-6:00 pm to round out the day.

This event is funded by ESRC IAA grant R/145185.  The grant is in collaboration with Doncaster Public Health

Feeding 10bn as part of the festival of 10bn

CbcOgnTXEAAh8zhAt work, I have been part of a team working on a project aiming to support second year university students enhance their interdisciplinary learning, thinking and working skills.  We have designed this process to enable students to do this through a central theme:  Living in a world of 10bn.  In addition to online and off line learning, one of the elements of the learning journey involves their participation in what we are calling the Festival of 10bn.  Toward that end, I contributed by hosting, in collaboration with three organisations, a meal derived out of food that is
surplus.  Here is the storify of that event.

Funding for UK/EU students to do our Food MA

The MA in Food Security and Food Justice

The 2016/17 academic year will be the second year of our very successful MA in Food Security and Food Justice.  The programme is unique in a number of ways:

•International, interdisciplinary, and multi-scalar perspectives on the issues inherent when striving for food-security and food-justice.
•Professional and entrepreneurial skills and a work-based dissertation aimed at enhancing the employability of those wishing to go into employment after completion of the degree.
•Research training needed to pursue a PhD
•A core field course to Hong Kong (included in the fees), which allows students to contextualise their learning in a real location as well as engage with a variety of people and organisation located within the SAR.
•Flexible options that enable the student to shape their training in ways that suit their interests.

For more information about the MA please see: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/geography/masters/foodma

The course also has a student blog and you can see what the students have to say here: https://foodsecurityfoodjustice.wordpress.com/what-we-think/

*NEW: Funding for UK/EU students*:

100 £10,000 scholarships are available for students starting a taught postgraduate course. The scholarships are for students who meet at least one of a selection of widening participation criteria (targeting groups under-represented at taught postgraduate level) and/or students who achieve a first in their undergraduate degree.

See:  http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/sps. Deadline: 22 May 2016.

Information for prospective students about our scholarships and the loans will be available at our Postgraduate Open Day on 11 February. All enquirers and applicants will be contacted over the coming days with the new funding information.

For more information: sheffieldscholars@sheffield.ac.uk

Neoliberalism and the making of food as waste–or–The need to reframe the debate from food waste to food surplus

I seem to do a lot of talks and in doing so sometimes this involves reshaping and thinking further about talks I have given in the past.  On Monday I presented at the Annual Symposium held by the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of Sheffield.  There were many papers that I felt sat well next to each other.  I particularly could see the synergies between my presentation and that of John Miller, who is in the English Department, who talked about natural capital and the humanities. Value was a central part of his discussion and I thought it well with my text.   This text is a revised version of what I presented earlier this year at West Town Farm as part of the IBG meetings.  
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