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Organization Name

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm


3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1W5


Community Partner Name

Dr Hannah Wittman

Email Address

Ph Number


Availability for Contact

M-F, 9am-5pm

Project Scope Statement

Our food system has undergone significant changes in the last four decades. Technological advancements, market structures, and an increasingly globalized supply chain have impacted the food system at every level: production, processing, distribution, and consumption. Individuals with long-term engagement in food system activities (i.e. farmer, dietician/nutritionist, food retailer, activist, policy maker, restaurateur, agronomist, consultant, environmental quality officer) can provide unique insight into the impacts of the changes in the modern food system. The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems is interested in documenting the experiences of these long-term stakeholders to capture their experiences of change within their field.

Goals and Objectives

The objective of this community project is to interview four individuals with long-term engagement in the food system. Groups will contact, interview, record, analyze and create a short video highlighting the key themes and experiences of the stakeholders.

Recommended Research Methods

Ethnographic Interviews and Data Analysis

Potential Information Sources

On Connect:

  • Family Health International, Mack, N., Woodsong, C., United States, & Agency for International Development. (2005). Qualitative research methods a data collector’s field guide. North Carolina: FLI USAID.
  • Kodish, S., & Gittelsohn, J. (n.d.). Building Credible and Clear Findings. Retrieved from
  • Pelto, G., & Armar-Klemesu, M. (2014). Focused Ethnographic Study of Infant and Young Child Feeding 6–23 Months: Behaviors, Beliefs, Contexts and Environments. (No. First Edition) (p. 45). Geneva, Switzerland: Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

Example of Video Format


Expected Outcomes/Deliverables

  • A short video documenting the stakeholders’ experiences.
  • A written report detailing the processes and methods used to identify participants, and collect, analyze, and interpret the data.

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