Food security in our community and beyond.
Emily Kennedy understands first hand the highest rate of food insecurity in all of Canada, right here in Nova Scotia growing up in a single parent family. Emily shares that food security is based on 3 aspects - access, availability and food literacy. How can we be creative with inexpensive food to build better access and availability.
Visiting Africa, Emily learned that some of the play to pay experiences in Africa are not the most ideal situation as they do not always have a sustainability plan for the projects. She did however find an internship through the federal government and loved every minute of her time there, and created a feeling of home while there. Participating in food advocacy groups she realized there are more productive ways to make a difference.
Life is Africa is not the image we often see from hunger videos portrayed through the media. However she did research around giving and disasters, and the power of social media that changed the amount of giving, the desensitization and the call to action. Africa is not that much different from where we are here, the people are incredible, there is technology, roads, and housing. You are surrounded by life and culture, not just poverty as portrayed in the media, in the 4 countries that Emily visited.
Emily is working on connecting people through her current position as part of the Connector Program with the Valley Ren.
For more information on Food Security from United Nations or from Food Secure Canada visit their websites.
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Special thanks to Patrick Thompson for the music and Sam Theriault (my 13 year old son) for video editing.