SDG 2: Zero Hunger

Last year, 2.37 billion people were without food or unable to eat a healthy, balanced diet on a regular basis. Dalhousie researchers are creating solutions that emerge from a deep understanding of local food issues — and that provide potential solutions for global food challenges.

High-impact research

Food prices are not the only obstacle to achieving food security

Research reveals three major barriers to accessing food: affordability, policies that perpetuate wealth and income disparity, and systemic forms of discrimination like colonialism and racism. Long-term solutions are required to comprehensively address all forms of food access.
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Canada’s Food Price Report 2023 predicts Canadian families will spend up to $1,065 more on food next year

“Each year, the Canadian Food Price Report provides consumers with important information on how the coming year might affect them in terms of food prices and affordability,” says Andrea Rankin who worked on the 2023 report.
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Plant‑based protein, the pandemic and the agrifood supply chain

“Plant-based and alternative proteins are one of the largest food growth sectors in the world” explains Dr. Abebe, who is conducting a plant protein value chain analysis that will engage consumers, processors and manufacturers, and regional farmers.
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Dal researcher helps lead development of handbook exploring how to feed the world's growing population

Feeding a growing population will require innovations across our food systems. Kathleen Kevany, is co-editor of the first edition of the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Diets (along with researcher Paolo Prosperi), due out next year.
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Sustainable and harmonius with the environment

The Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) is a national organization, based at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, which aims to serve Canada's organic sector through science and education, supporting producers with resources that they can put into practice.

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Swapping meat for seafood could mean more nutritious and climate‑friendly diets 

"Our work has shown that seafood can provide greater nutrition to people at a lower rate of greenhouse gas emissions than beef, pork, and chicken," says Peter Tyedmers, a professor in Dalhousie University's School for Resource and Environmental Studies.
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Exceptional student experience

Certificate in Aquaculture

The Certificate in Aquaculture provides aquaculture specialization with an opportunity to explore a range of aquatic species and the production systems required to rear them, and understand its role in global food security.  

International Food Business

The International Food Business program, offered in partnerhip with Aeres University in the Netherlands, is a unique opportunity for students who are interested in understanding the global food industry from the farm gate to the consumer's plate.

Cultivate real-world skills

Plants play a key role in the well-being of humans and animals by providing nutrition, and by contributing to a healthy and beautiful environment. The Plant Science program tackles issues related to food quality, safety and security, clean air, and clean water.

Field to fork has never been closer to home

The 1.1-acre Chef’s Garden enables the Agricultural Campus to supply our own vegetables for on-campus dining and education using organic principles and a mandate for sustainability.

Community, Dalhousie meet student food security challenge through Giving Tuesday

Supported by alumni, friends, faculty and staff, Dalhousie once again led post-secondary schools across Nova Scotia in addressing food security among students. The result was $200,000 raised through the province-wide Food Security Project campaign for Giving Tuesday 2022. Now in its third year, the campaign helps ensure that students have access to the nutritious food they need to excel.
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Civic university with global impact

Open Dialogue Live event on sustainable food production systems and food insecurity

The panel discussion (watch on YouTube) featured Dalhousie researchers and alumni discussing the importance of a sustainable and healthy food production system, the complexity of our food and agricultural industry, and the socioeconomic considerations that contribute to food insecurity and inequity.
Join the next Open Dialogue Live event on Nov. 17: How Policy Impacts Food Security

Nobel Peace Prize win for World Food Programme adds momentum to Dal alum’s battle against global hunger

WFP was lauded by the committee for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict. For Dal alum Benjamin Syme Van Ameringen (BA’09), a long-time WFP employee based at the organization’s Geneva offices, the recognition couldn’t have come at a better time.
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Dalhousie Urban Garden Society (DUGS)

The purpose of the Urban Garden Society is to provide a safe, inclusive space for students, community members, student societies and academic programs to learn about the challenges and unique opportunities of urban gardening and food production alternatives, via an experience-based, student volunteer-run campus urban garden project.

Foundation for inclusion and distinction

Dalhousie Student Union Farmer's Market

The DSU Farmer's Market is a student-run farmers market committed to providing fresh, local, and whenever possible, spray-free produce to students and the Halifax community at an affordable cost.

Dalhousie Student Union Food Bank

Students and community members who need long term assistance or just a few meals to get by, can visit the DSU Food Bank on Mondays and Thursdays, by appointment.

Less waste, less hunger

The Black Student Advising Centre and the Indigenous Student Centre have partnered with Aramark (Dalhousie's on-campus food service provider) and Second Harvest Food Rescue (non-profit). Twice-weekly, unsold packaged food and unused packaged food from campus retailers and catered events are distributed to the two centres to address student need.

The Loaded Ladle

The Loaded Ladle serves free, locally produced meals! The non-profit, student funded, open cooperative of students and community members is dedicated to providing affordable, diverse, fresh, and healthy food to as many people as possible.

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The delicate balance between grocery store profit and food security

At the Agri-food Analytics Lab, our research follows food prices closely. Every year, we predict which food categories will increase or decrease in value, and by how much.
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