Local and Regional Food Systems Response to COVID

Recovery and Resilience

In 2020, to capture innovations and support adaptation and recovery the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service along with university- and organization-based partners, worked to document local and regional food system responses to Pandemic disruptions and disseminate innovations to local and regional food system practitioners across the country.

Building on the insights gained and successful impacts of this project, the Local and Regional Food System Recovery and Resilience project is headed into a second round of programming.  This project focuses on translating lessons learned during the pandemic and simultaneous social crisis into an intentional and collaborative strategy for supporting recovery and fostering equitable approaches to resilience.  

The project is organized into three action teams – Resiliency Playbook, Data and Metrics, and Network of Networks. While distinct in their focus, each action team is designed to inform and reinforce the others. The results of their efforts can be found throughout the website. Specific information about the action teams and ways to get involved can be found at About.  

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health and social distancing mandates caused unprecedented shifts and disruptions for Local and Regional Food Systems (LRFS). Impacts on farm enterprises, value chain stakeholders, market channels, and food system infrastructure are both vast and varied, and require rapid adaptation by all involved. The pandemic has also brought new and heightened attention to our food system, and LRFS may be positioned to significantly increase the scope and scale of their market reach as a result.
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) along with the cooperating research team led by the University of Kentucky seek to enrich existing efforts within LRFS communities of practice who provide essential support to our nation’s local food producers. During this moment of simultaneous disruption and rapid innovation, our project supports LRFS communities of practice by documenting and disseminating innovations and best practices developed on the ground and drawing on LRFS thought leaders to frame research on COVID-related shifts in LRFS markets with the aim of supporting long term resilience.

Webinars

Upcoming Webinar: February 11, 2022

12-1:30pm EST

Making lemonade out of local lemons: Innovative multi-sector strategies for leveraging emergency supply chain funds.

Join us each month for a facilitated cross-sectoral discussion on topics including customer retention and engagement, emergency food, cooperative business models, state policies and consumer behavior.

(Webinars will be recorded and posted on our website)

March 11, 2022 – The Local Food Environment: Data Sharing Across Local Food Networks

April 8, 2022 – Tracking Consumer and Market Trends

May 13, 2022 – Going far by going together: Building a network of food system networks. 

June 10, 2022 – Looking Ahead at Innovations and Programs Targeting Local and Regional Supply Chains

Latest Resources

The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics The COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health and social distancing mandates caused unprecedented shifts and disruptions for local and regional food systems (LRFS). The pandemic also brought new and heightened attention….

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