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Food systems sustainability: An examination of different viewpoints on food system change

Haysom, Gareth ; Olsson, E. Gunilla Almered ; Dymitrow, Mirek LU ; Opiyo, Paul ; Buck, Nick Taylor ; Oloko, Michael ; Spring, Charlotte ; Fermskog, Kristina ; Ingelhag, Karin and Kotze, Shelley , et al. (2019) In Sustainability (Switzerland) 11(12).
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Global food insecurity levels remain stubbornly high. One of the surest ways to grasp the scale and consequence of global inequality is through a food systems lens. In a predominantly urban world, urban food systems present a useful lens to engage a wide variety of urban (and global) challenges-so called 'wicked problems.' This paper describes a collaborative research project between four urban food system research units, two European and two African. The project purpose was to seek out solutions to what lay between, across and within the different approaches applied in the understanding of each city's food system challenges. Contextual differences and immediate (perceived) needs resulted in very different views on the nature of the... (More)

Global food insecurity levels remain stubbornly high. One of the surest ways to grasp the scale and consequence of global inequality is through a food systems lens. In a predominantly urban world, urban food systems present a useful lens to engage a wide variety of urban (and global) challenges-so called 'wicked problems.' This paper describes a collaborative research project between four urban food system research units, two European and two African. The project purpose was to seek out solutions to what lay between, across and within the different approaches applied in the understanding of each city's food system challenges. Contextual differences and immediate (perceived) needs resulted in very different views on the nature of the challenge and the solutions required. Value positions of individuals and their disciplinary "enclaves" presented further boundaries. The paper argues that finding consensus provides false solutions. Rather the identification of novel approaches to such wicked problems is contingent of these differences being brought to the fore, being part of the conversation, as devices through which common positions can be discovered, where spaces are created for the realisation of new perspectives, but also, where difference is celebrated as opposed to censored.

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  author       = {Haysom, Gareth and Olsson, E. Gunilla Almered and Dymitrow, Mirek and Opiyo, Paul and Buck, Nick Taylor and Oloko, Michael and Spring, Charlotte and Fermskog, Kristina and Ingelhag, Karin and Kotze, Shelley and Agong, Stephen Gaya},
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  language     = {eng},
  month        = {06},
  number       = {12},
  publisher    = {MDPI AG},
  series       = {Sustainability (Switzerland)},
  title        = {Food systems sustainability: An examination of different viewpoints on food system change},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su11123337},
  doi          = {10.3390/su11123337},
  volume       = {11},
  year         = {2019},
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