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Food security walk

The food security walk is an interactive exercise to discuss diversity in food security. Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. (World Food Summit, 1996). Within communities and even households

Stakeholders’ power in food systems

Aim of the tool
This tool gives a deeper understanding of the role of stakeholders in the food system. It visualises the relative importance and influence of each stakeholder as well as their place within the food system.

When to use it?
This tool can be used to identify potential chance blockers and change facilitators in a food system. It also helps to find action perspectives of how to manage certain stakeholders that have a strong influence on the system’s functioning and could block your intervention if not managed well.

Unpacking gender assumptions

Aim of the tool
This tool introduces gender analysis concepts. It unpacks gender assumptions that are included in food system activities, -drivers and -outcomes. Plus this tool highlights the risks of not addressing gender vis-a-vis implications for targeted food and nutrition security outcomes.

Power mapping

Aim of the tool
This tool shows where in the network synergies and conflicts between stakeholders are. This helps to position yourself in the network and understand the power dynamics related to your topic.

When to use it?
This tool can be used when power dynamics play an important role in the food system dynamics and outcomes, but when they are not have been made explicit yet.

What we eat

Aim of the tool
This tool gives workshop participants insight in what constitutes a regular diet. It shows the portions, ingredients and combinations. Additionally, it can give insight in the more social aspects as where meals are consumed, how, with whom, etc.

When to use it?
This tool is an explorative tool to understand local eating habits.

The tool
The session is in a workgroup format, which takes maximum 1 hour. We recommend the group not being larger than 12 people.




Role plays

Tool 26

Aim of the tool: 
Developing communicative skills, creating in depth understanding of a situation and other stakeholders’ perspectives

When to use it?
Role plays can be used in many stages of an MSP, in particular when there is an element of capacity building involved.

Tags: Divergence

Human Spectrogram

Tool 2

Aim of the tool: 
To discover similarities and differences within a group and get a spectrum of comments on an issue

When to use it?
Especially at the connection stage. It can be used to surface similarities and differences in a group, or as an icebreaker exercise or energizer. It helps stakeholders to get to know each other.

Tags: Connection

Adjust group size

Tool 25

Aim of the tool: 
To ensure that all participants can contribute effectively to the meetings’ objectives.

When to use it?
This tool can be used in all phases of an MSP. Apply it when you suspect too many plenary sessions are being planned. 

Tags: Divergence

Force Field Analysis

Tool 16

Aim of the tool: 
To identify and assess the strengths of the various forces influencing a desired change both supportive and restraining

When to use it?
This tool can be used at the design or evaluation state of an intervention or for decision making on organizational changes 

Evaluation

Tool 60

Aim of the tool
Joint reflection on what has been achieved, articulate what is still needed, and create commitment to make next steps happen.   

When to use it?
The commitment stage, when decisions should be made and actions need to be agreed upon at the end of the event.

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