How can the convergence of traditional knowledge and ecological science offer solutions for local and global food security? Food security includes access to sufficient safe and nutritious food to maintain active and healthy lifestyles. From a traditional knowledge framework, food security connects with other dimensions of social life, expressed in the links between tangata (people), whenua (land) and moana (sea).

Pacific Food Matters is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research project which is supported through PACE-Net Plus seed funding. Pace-Net Plus is the Pacific- Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation, funded by the European Union. The project is led by Dr Jessica Hutchings, a kaupapa Māori researcher and organic food grower.

Our collaboration is multi-regional involving lead partners based in New Zealand, Fiji, Kiribati, New Caledonia, and Germany and including affiliated regional networks across the Pacific.The lead partners are New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Pacific Organic Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) , Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), the Alfred-Wegener Institut (AWI), Pacific Community Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT), Institut Agronomique Néo-Calédonien (IAC), Chambre d’Agriculture,Chambre d’Agriculture de Nouvelle-Calédonie (CANC) and the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development, Kiribati. The research agenda represents the shared thinking of these members as well as the shared aspiration to pursue a 10-year research agenda that will connect to practices and strategies on the ground to enhance organic food security both locally, and globally. The next phase of this project, post PACE-Net Plus funding, is to pursue funding opportunities to implement the research agenda.

Contact Dr Hutchings for further information on the Pacific Food Matters research project. email jvhutchings@gmail.com

Click here to see the summary document of the Pacific Food Matters research agenda.