About the Project

This web-based toolkit is a response to feedback from International Confederation of Dietetics Associations (ICDA) members as part of ICDA’s Food Sustainability Initiative, which is summarized in this report: Building Common Ground for Sustainable Food Systems in Nutrition and Dietetics.

In it, Dietitians-Nutritionists shared their vision for sustainable food systems (SFS), and told us that while most nutrition and dietetics professionals feel it is important to contribute to SFS, but they face several barriers in doing so.

  • One of the barriers was a professional culture that does not support inclusion of sustainability in practice.
  • A second barrier was the lack of a common vision and language to orient actions.

For these two barriers, supporting tools are necessary, and this toolkit is intended to facilitate learning and collaboration among ICDA members. For an overview of the SFS toolkit and ideas how to use it visit the homepage.

Our Vision: 

Dietitians-Nutritionists bring a deep understanding of SFS into their practice. Access to a range of practical, evidence-based and context-specific tools and resources supports all Dietitians-Nutritionists in making positive contributions to sustainability. Dietitians-Nutritionists play key roles in creating healthy communities and accelerating a shift towards SFS. 

Our Objectives: 

  1. To provide accessible, relevant and transferable information on the interconnections of SFS and human health 
  2. To provide practical, evidence-based tools for incorporating sustainability into dietetic practice in a diversity of roles and cultural contexts 
  3. To facilitate peer-learning and collaboration to deepen understanding and support incorporation of sustainability into dietetic practice

Our Guiding Principles:

In developing this toolkit, we use the following guiding principles: 

  • Sustainability: using systems approaches that consider environmental, social and economic impacts and strive for health, resilience and continuity in all these systems 
  • Transparency: reflecting on and striving to be explicit about our assumptions, perspectives and social locations 
  • Equity: actively seeking to recognize, acknowledge and strive to address power dynamics including those embedded in systems of knowledge  
  • Evidence-based: critical, ongoing evaluation of sources of knowledge and perspectives  
  • Diversity: reflective of a range of geographic, linguistic, cultural, social and ecological contexts as well as diverse epistemological and methodological approaches 
  • Dynamism: responsive to changes in our understanding of health and sustainability  
  • Curiosity: spirit of openness towards continual learning and growth 

While we have curated the resources and interpreted their strengths and weaknesses, we recognize this is based on our perspectives. Therefore, we strive to be transparent about sources to support you to critically assess the quality, relevance and applicability of the resources in your own context(s).

Feedback? Questions? Ideas? Contact the ICDA SFS Coordinator:  ICDAsfs.coordinator@acadiau.ca

About The Team

The ICDA SFS Toolkit is for and by us. As we collect and curate information, we always have our members in mind with the wide variety of Dietetics and Nutrition roles that they have. We are thankful for non-members who have also contributed to and use the toolkit.

The SFS Toolkit is put guided by the ICDA Board of Directors, managed by a coordination team, and contributed to by a wide array of members, researchers, and students from around the world who all volunteer their time do do so.

ICDA Board of Directors

All of the work on sustainability has been supported with ICDA funding and the high-level decision making of the ICDA Board of Directors. The up-to-date membership of the ICDA Board can be found on the ICDA website.

Coordination Team

The Coordination team is leading the development of this Toolkit. There are three of us who work closely together on communication, research, and linking ICDA members advisors from around the world.

As you read about us below, the links on our names go to our LinkedIn accounts. ICDA also uses a LinkedIn account to communicate with members.

SFS Coordinator
Stacia Nordin, RD

Stacia has lived in Malawi since 1997 working with Permaculture to improve nutrition. She joined the SFS Toolkit Coordination team in 2022 but contributed to it since its inception.

Liesel is a Dietitian and Assistant Professor in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics at Acadia University, Canada. She joined the Sustainability Initiative in 2017.

Board SFS Liason
Danielle Gallegos, FDA

Danielle is a public health nutritionist working at a university in Brisbane, Australia. She is an ICDA board member and liaison to the Sustainability Initiative.

Gratitude to the ICDA SFS Toolkit Advisory Team

Africa

  • Opeyemi Bolajoko, Nigeria
  • Catherine Pereira-Kotze, RD, past advisor, South Africa

Asia

Europe

North America

Central/South America /Caribbean

Oceana

Feedback? Questions? Ideas? Contact the ICDA SFS Coordinator:  ICDAsfs.coordinator@acadiau.ca