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Strengthening Food Security Near the Arctic Circle: Case Study of Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska

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Sustainable GW and Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, USA
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Master of Public Administration Program, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Alaska, Southeast, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
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Fairbanks North Star Borough Sustainability Commission; Fairbanks, AK 99701, USA
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Department of Geography and Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, USA
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Sustainability 2019, 11(10), 2722; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11102722
Received: 19 February 2019 / Revised: 15 April 2019 / Accepted: 8 May 2019 / Published: 14 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Local Food Initiatives in the World’s Cities)
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Abstract

Reliable food supply is a central concern for residents of cities located in remote locations with extreme climate conditions. The purpose of this article is to examine how stake-holders in such northern cities ensure a high level of food security. We examine a case study of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, which is located in the interior of the state near the Arctic Circle. Borough policymakers are seeking to address community concerns through a collaborative, multi-stakeholder process of working with local farmers, distributors, consumers, activists, and academics. We examine the effectiveness of this process through participant-observation and process tracing of the initial results of the newly established Fairbanks North Star Borough sustainability commission. The new commission has adopted a sustainability plan drawing upon the input of community stakeholders, but it remains to be seen how the plan will be implemented and if it will meet the needs of diverse groups within the community. This analysis makes a contribution by examining the hypothesis that university-based teams and public input can improve public policy outputs in the area of food security by organizing their work around a focus on data. Specifically, the article examines the most effective mechanisms for collaboration among academics and policymakers to incorporate public input into food security policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: food security; Arctic; community engagement food security; Arctic; community engagement
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Orttung, R.W.; Powell, J.; Fox, J.; Franco, C. Strengthening Food Security Near the Arctic Circle: Case Study of Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2722.

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