Black Duck Foods

Melbourne Development Circle’s Game Changer Online event – Food Sovereignty in a Changing Environment
Tuesday 4th May, 2021 – 12 noon – 1 pm (AEST)

As we approach the latter years of the UN Decade of Action in Nutrition 2016-2025 pledging to eradicate malnutrition globally, we are faced with significant vulnerabilities to our food system. The effects of climate change with recent extreme weather events have destroyed food crops that feed communities and affected the livelihoods of food producers. Additionally, the current COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted food supply chains and prevented food processing and distribution globally. As a result, hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition and economic losses are prevalent.

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As land and food are the nexus to population health, planetary health, culture and community, it is an opportune time to explore how we can create more resilient food systems that are ecologically sustainable, whilst respecting the environment, thereby upholding the principles of food sovereignty.

With this in mind, we start our 2021 Game Changer series with an online panel discussion on “Food Sovereignty in a Changing Environment”. Hear from panellists about innovative examples and lessons learnt along the way in creating local food systems that embed community controls for food production that works with, rather than exploits, nature to ultimately keep the population and planet nourished.


  • Chris Andrew, General Manager, Black Duck Foods
  • Jennifer Sheridan, Director, Open Food Network
  • Dr Nick Rose, Executive Director, Sustain: The Australian Food Network

Date: Tuesday 4th May, 2021
Time: 12 noon – 1 pm (AEST)
Location: online via Zoom
Cost: This is a free event, however, we encourage those who are in a position to do so to make a donation to cover costs.*

*As a voluntary organisation, MDC has ongoing costs, and as such we would greatly appreciate financial contributions in order to keep providing events such as this to the benefit of our community.

Speaker Bios

Chris Andrew , General Manager, Black Duck Foods

Chris is the General Manager of Black Duck Foods Ltd, a new Indigenous social enterprise committed to traditional food systems that care for Country and return economic benefits directly to Indigenous peoples. An early career in the global investment banking and oil sectors underpin more than a decade of his focus on managing people and enterprises dedicated to accelerating community development outcomes. Chris is also Chairperson of Desert Pea Media, a not-for-profit organisation empowering Indigenous young people in regional and remote areas of Australia through digital storytelling.


Jen Sheridan, Director, Open Food Network

Jen Sheridan is a Director of Open Food Network Australia. The Open Food Network is a not-for-profit building the tools and resources needed to create a new food system that is fair, local, and transparent. Jen works with communities and enterprises to create thriving regional food systems that are fair and transparent. Jen has a background in journalism and academia, including as a researcher on the Know Your Foodbowl project at the Food Alliance at Deakin University and then the Foodprint Melbourne project at the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab and Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. She currently leads a number of regional food system research and development projects in Victoria.


Dr Nick Rose, Executive Director, Sustain: The Australian Food Network

Nick is a sustainable food systems changemaker, researcher, and teacher. Nick is the Founder and Executive Director of a national food systems organization, Sustain, and a lecturer in food systems and food movements at William Angliss Institute in Melbourne (Bachelor of Food Studies / Master of Food Systems and Gastronomy). Nick works collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in government, academia, community and business in government, academia, community and business in the coordination of events, networks, research, consultancies and major projects.



To prepare for our discussion, please find links below for suggested background readings. Feel free to share any other relevant articles on our Facebook event page.