Assessing the Food Security of Your Community – piloting some tools on your patch?
Any Transition communities that are looking at the resilience of their food supply may be interested to know they can take part in a project to develop and pilot some new tools that will enable them to explore and identify the key areas of vulnerability in their community’s food supply.
There are 7 tools being developed and each one focuses on a separate aspect of food security, including:
2. Household Utilisation
3. Food Resources
5. Availability and Affordability
6. Food Production
Each tool will consist of easy to follow instructions for non-specialists to conduct a number of surveys in your community. The information that youll uncover should:
• Stimulate debate within your community
• Provide a starting point for further investigation
• Identify where the most vulnerability lies, and
• Show you where best to focus any subsequent actions.
The project is being managed by Richard Pitts, a self-employed sustainability project worker. Two TIs in mid Wales (Llandrindod Wells and Machynlleth (Bro Dyfi) are already working with him on the project.
There are a number of ways for you to get involved in the project. “To develop the tools properly we would ideally like one or two other TIs to join us, to get valuable input from a variety of different situations right from the start. Once they are ready, the tools will then be handed over to any of the participating groups that want to pilot them and see how they work on the ground” said Richard. “Any experience we gain from using them will be important to learn from before the tools are fine-tuned and made available to other groups at the end of the project”.
In terms of time commitment, the initial development is expected to take place largely via email and telephone. Once the piloting commences each group can pilot as many or as few of the tools as they want. Both the Mid Wales TIs are keen to pilot all of them, but other groups may want to pick and choose according to their local needs or interests. Using each tool should only take one or two people up to between 2 and 10 hours depending on the tool or your situation.
Using the tools is bound to be thought provoking. In terms of improving our food security and resilience they may well end up challenging some long held assumptions and underlining the importance of others. A funding application is currently being prepared for an interested funder, so any communities wanting to learn more or take part should contact Richard on : 01544 267768, or 07899 888403, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org