PLACE: Sweden. Municipal level
SITUATION: Swedish municipalities are facing several security and safety challenges at once. They have to provide shelter and care to the highest influx of refugees and migrants per capita in Europe whilst preparing for the ambitious government-led transition to fossil fuel independence and carbon neutrality by 2050. Food security is at risk too, as Swedish food provision field to plate is fossil-fuel dependent and food waste is high. Sweden is also dependent on food and fodder imports; farmers are struggling to compete with imports from countries that have lower food safety and animal welfare standards, better soil and growing seasons, and lower costs.
FRAMING QUESTION: How can municipalities work towards a de-fossilised food provision system that reduces waste, manages the influx of migrants and refugees whilst ensuring the farming community can live on what it produces? Read More…
Experiences of land restoration projects related to the Water and Food Award are the subject of a chapter in the upcoming book on Land Restoration, with contributions by Stephen Hinton.
Case studies of finalists illustrate how developing an intimate knowledge of the land, rethinking agricultural practices, redefining the role of schools, finding new ways to cooperate, new roles for corporations, new attitudes to grazing animals, rain and water, contribute to restoring land and food security.
To make a real difference in the world, corporations could start supporting food and water security. If everyone contributed to create a food secure world, entrepreneurship, prosperity and then ultimately peace would flourish.
Volunteers for organisations working with food security, like the Water and Food Award, are often told that; “our business isn’t in water and food” so we are not interested in supporting your cause. Read More…