Recipes for Resilience - Food Heritage Can Help Us Tackle Climate Change

The Recipes for Resilience project seeks to reconnect Caribbean and British Caribbean youths to their elders through activities that encourage young people to reflect on their own food practices, how they may differ from older people and why these changes matter in the context of climate adaptation, resilience, and justice for Caribbean peoples of African descent. The project forms part of a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Arts Humanities Research Council (AHRC) series of investments that have encouraged 14-18 year olds to engage with and contribute to important climate research. This research is being conducted by the Universities of Edinburgh and the West Indies, and includes partnerships with the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN), Wild Caribbean, the Black Open University of the United Kingdom (BOU) and the Song Academy.

As in other places, market liberal policies and strategies in the Caribbean have increased consumer demand for imported and fast foods and narrowed the range of locally-produced, nutrient-rich foods such as yam, cassava, plantain, and breadfruit, which could play a role as climate resilient foods. The project has included activities with youth including storytelling, story maps, online games, songs and youth-led oral history research. Together, we have collected, mapped, and sung stories about Afrodescendant and Indigenous food heritage, past and present, and the climatic threats that undermine community resilience.

It is now time to share our findings and methods with a wider community of experts, and get your insights about next steps. The Closing Ceremony will showcase our work and generate ideas with a range of stakeholders about next steps for the Caribbean region. We will share music developed by our young participants that relays key messages from the project, hear recordings of Caribbean youth perspectives on climate change and COP26 and request your feedback. During the first half of the ceremony, we will provide an overview of the project and our key methods of engagement (Dr Marisa Wilson); an overview of food-related climatic and social challenges of the Caribbean region (Dr Patricia Northover); a description of our partners, the Caribbean Youth Environment Network ( and their role in the project; ending with a brief overview of key take home messages from the project workshops (Drs. Anthony Richards, Sylvia Mitchell, Thera Edwards, Kate Crowley, Charmaine McKenzie; Inna Yaneva-Toraman). During the second half of the event, we will elicit your insights about how to take the project forward to create real and lasting impact in the Caribbean region, using padlet, a real-time collaborative web platform.

Friday, February 25, 2022 - 09:00 to 11:00
Mona Campus