S.C.O.T Analysis of Yukon Food System


A S.C.O.T Analysis is a strategic planning tool that can be used to assess the strengths, challenges, opportunities and threats of a community, organization or system and its parts. The components of a SCOT analysis guide evaluation of a particular environment from internal and external perspectives. For example, strengths and challenges are focused on internal issues whereas opportunities and threats are external. (source)



  • Restrictive legislation
  • Costs (shipping, start-up and funding)
  • Dependence on external food resources
  • Access to space/land
  • Access to clean and quality land
  • Transfer and communication of knowledge
  • Lack of coordination
  • Climate
  • Power outages (particularly in rural communities) - leads to increased risk of spoiling food for those who don't have access to backup power






  • Climate change
  • Road south
  • Economic change
  • Fires (wild); Natural disaster
  • Big business influence
  • Monopolizing food systems
  • Burn out of concerned citizens
  • Policy that prohibits collective action
  • Rising food prices; lack of jobs
  • Lack of education
  • Long term viability of food programs
  • Burn out of producers/farmers
  • Lack of consolidation
  • Scattered networking
  • Lack of/reduced traditional meat



  • Funding – available for local food production, innovation and research
  • Awareness and interest in local food production, hunting and gathering
  • Traditional and local knowledge sharing (i.e. farmers teaching; production and wild foods)
  • Governance – collaboration between Yukon First Nations Governments/communities/Yukon Government; regulations support food production (i.e. Local Food Strategy)
  • Communities are strong! – gardens, food sharing, food co-ops, food networks, local projects
  • Growing season – long days (in summer)
  • Small population with good transport system
  • Caring and respect – for food, land, wildlife, community, etc.




  • Education – capacity building and knowledge exchange; build curriculum (practical applications)
  • Money – private sector agriculture development; traditional and cultural agriculture development
  • Health – address impact on mental health and promotion of wellness
  • Government –need policy to guide action; election year = opportunity for dialogue
  • Farming – support home/community gardening
  • Community – collaboration between communities (food sharing and storage, space to grow food, and knowledge exchange); communities developing their own food security strategies