Globally, 27% of people faced moderate or severe food insecurity in 2019, representing more than 2 billion people. Community-Centered Approaches for Food Systems Transformation will be framed around the question: “How might we reprioritize research and teaching based on community partnership rather than ‘expertise?’” In other words, how might learning from communities take precedence over learning about them? The workshop will focus on the cultural contexts of local food systems and will look at cases in the U.S., the Middle East, and other regions.
We will examine a variety of practices, including historic food production, projects in urban areas, and others. Food security is especially urgent for indigenous communities worldwide, many of whom continue to bear the burdens of displacement from their native lands. For example, 1 in 4 Native Americans in the U.S. is food insecure (Stanger-McLaughlin et al., 2021).