What We Do

Our Mandate

The Food Security Research Network is dedicated to finding ways that our Northern community can support a stronger local food system.

Northwestern Ontario offers unique conditions under which we explore the challenges, opportunities and solutions for food security from many different vantages. We strive to bring together the resources and innovation needed to engage in these solutions.

We support sustainable local food systems in Northern Ontario by:

  1. Providing a strongly linked network of researchers, students, and community partners through our Community Service Learning program and its associated projects
  2. Growing a knowledge base shared between the classroom and the community
  3. Facilitating leadership
  4. A Contextual Fluidity Partnership model built on community strengths, respect for process and listening intently to community needs.

FSRN Initiatives serve to:

  • Increase the marketing, production and distribution of local food sources
  • Build capacity of community volunteer organizations to address food security
  • Build a knowledge base of locally effective practices for communities to improve food security within a diverse and global context
  • Enhance closer links among teaching, community service and research
  • Provide students with community experiences that build positive and enthusiastic long-term commitments to civic community engagement and participation while mutually benefiting community organizations