Survey of community-based organisations participating in food systems governance
- Are you part of an Australian community-based organisation or initiative working to build a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system?
- Does that work include engagement in food systems governance?
- Are you familiar with the operations of your organisation?
If you answer ‘yes’ to all three questions, we would like to hear from you.
Through a grant from the Australian Research Council, we are undertaking a survey of community-based food initiatives engaged in food systems governance in Australia. This survey is being run by researchers at the University of Sydney, University of Wollongong and the William Angliss Institute of TAFE in collaboration with researchers from Lakehead University, Carleton University and Saint Paul University in Canada.
In this research, we define the term food system as the actors, processes and interactions involved in the growing, processing, distributing, consuming and disposing of foods, as well as the broader, social, economic, and political influences on the food system. This includes issues such as urban-rural linkages, Indigenous self-determination, economic development, and equity and social inclusion.
We define the phrase food systems governance to mean the system of formal and informal rules, customs, laws, and policies that shape and influence the food system. Governance includes the actions of government, but also those of non-government actors such as businesses and civil society. Engagement in food system governance includes, for example, being consulted on a local government’s food policy, advocating for changes to legislation that impact on the development of local food economies, or participating in a multi-stakeholder forum such as a council-community committee or working group on a particular topic related to the food system. Food system governance does not include internal organisational management, e.g. being on a community garden committee, but does include working with others to influence food system change, e.g. engaging with a council on the development of a community garden policy or strategy.
We want to hear from…
Australian initiatives or organisations that are engaged in food systems governance and are;
- community based
- originate in a community
- continue to have a significant community leadership, ownership or input (even if they have expanded)
If you meet this criteria…
Please consider filling in this 20-minute survey.
The deadline for the survey is Monday the 21st of June 2021.
Click here to access the survey or copy the following URL into your browser: https://uow.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eIJO1XVp5QHfyBg
You can access extended information about the research project, survey eligibility and requirements here.
Want to know more?
‘Strengthening Local Food Systems Governance’