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Recognizing that food is a common thread linking all 17 SDGs, given the interconnected economic, social, and environmental dimensions of food systems, this dialogue aims to identify the challenges of understanding food deserts across communities. Food deserts are described as geographic areas where residents’ access to affordable, healthy food options is restricted or nonexistent due to the absence of grocery stores within convenient travel distance. In order to improve food systems in food deserts, the conversation must include access to food, especially healthy food in rural and urban areas.
This virtual consultative forum brings young adults in conversation to foster dialogue around the importance of understanding food deserts around the world through an inclusive stakeholder approach to examine the relationship between different food systems and to highlight best practices that identify needs, challenges, and interventions to secure sustainable practices. Grounded in a solutions-approach to partnership, the event is part of an experiential learning project that is hosted by Virginia Tech students of POLS 3115 & IS 3115: Select World Problems (Fall 2021). This event, as part of the coursework under the guidance of Dr. Ameena Zia, is rooted in principles of the UN sustainable development framework and works to promote dignity, accessibility, and inclusion in society.