This article examines the physical and financial access to food of the population of Dorset, a rural municipality in North East Tasmania (Australia); the impact that socio-economic factors have on their food security; and the coping strategies they use when food shortages occur. The data revealed the wide-ranging effects of the importation of cheaper food alternatives, which had long-term implications not only on individuals’ health but also on the economic health of the community. This study highlights the inappropriateness of the continuation of individual behavior change as a policy focus, as many of the problems facing communities are beyond individual abilities.
The UNC School of Government provides specialized finance and development expertise, with the goal of enabling local governments and their partners to accomplish their community and economic development goals. For more information, see the Community and Economic Development website at ced.sog.unc.edu or contact Tyler Mulligan at the UNC School of Government (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Global Research Institute (GRI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a center for scholarly research on key international questions that serves as a conduit to disseminate research results so that they can be successfully applied to problems in the real world. One of the center's current research themes is "Feeding a Hungry World: Food Security in the 21st Century".
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