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South West Food Community: A Place-Based Pilot Study to Understand the Food Security System

School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Bunbury, WA 6230, Australia
Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia, Curtin University, Bentley, WA 6102, Australia
School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia
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Nutrients 2019, 11(4), 738;
Received: 29 January 2019 / Revised: 21 March 2019 / Accepted: 26 March 2019 / Published: 29 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nutrition and Vulnerable Groups)
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The objectives of this study were to: (i) Identify initiatives supporting healthy food availability, access and utilisation in the South West region of Western Australia (WA); and (ii) understand how they were functioning as a system to enhance community-level food security (FS). This study used a novel approach; a Systemic Innovation Lab, to interview initiative leaders/stakeholders about their FS initiative. Initiative characteristics measured included those which were associated with creating the effective conditions for FS systems change. Information was uploaded to an innovative online tool, creating a ‘transition card’ (matrix) of initiatives and partnering organisations. Fifty-one participants reported on 52 initiatives. Initiatives were most likely to possess characteristics relating to reinforcing changes towards an enhanced way of working to address FS and creating disruption to the old way of working. The initiative characteristic that initiatives were least likely to possess related to identifying the different causal factors of FS, and working with other stakeholders on specific components of FS. The South West Food Community pilot project used a comprehensive yet defined approach to demonstrate the value of a place-based, co-design project. Participants and stakeholders could strengthen specific initiative characteristics to facilitate enhanced community-level FS. View Full-Text
Keywords: food security; public health; place-based; co-design food security; public health; place-based; co-design

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Godrich, S.L.; Payet, J.; Brealey, D.; Edmunds, M.; Stoneham, M.; Devine, A. South West Food Community: A Place-Based Pilot Study to Understand the Food Security System. Nutrients 2019, 11, 738.

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