Local and Regional Food Systems Response to COVID

Recovery and Resilience

“What would 2020 have looked like if a collaborative network of research, engagement, and outreach across local and regional food system stakeholders, university researchers, and USDA leadership had been in place?” This is the question the Local and Regional Food System (LRFS) Recovery and Resilience project asks as the team reflects upon and examines the lessons, impacts, and successes of the first phase of the LRFS Response to COVID-19 project and frames its future mission. The project focuses on translating lessons learned from local food systems stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic and simultaneous social crisis into a specific, long-term collaborative strategy for fostering recovery, and equitable approaches to LRFS resilience.

Webinars

Upcoming Webinar: October 25, 2022

12-1:30pm EST

From the 2022 National Agricultural Marketing Summit

Join us for the second in the Fall Webinar Series on Tuesday, October 25th from 10:30 – 11:30 am ET. The webinar will begin with a pre-recorded panel discussion with the LRFS Recovery and Resilience Team where they will share and reflect on key lessons learned from local and regional food systems stakeholders during the Covid-19 pandemic and simultaneous social crises into a more refined, long-term collaborative strategy for fostering recovery, and equitable approaches to LRFS resilience. We will then invite webinar participants to post questions that will be shared to the panelists live from the National Ag Summit.

Mark your calendar for the COVID Recovery and Resilience fall webinar series, which will kick off on Friday, September 9th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET. The webinar will start with a brief presentation from the Data and Metrics Action Team about their innovative new tool to improve access to data collection, analysis, and utilization to foster a more equitable and resilient food system. The webinar will then shift gears, and small groups of participants will be asked to give feedback on the tool. 
 

Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlcOCvrzopHNK8Dw_AxHy7z3So9QfcEQBY

Fall Webinar Schedule and Topics:   

September 9th, 2022 – Local and Regional Food System Reporting and Data Tool 

October TBD, 2022 –  from the 2022 National Agricultural Marketing Summit 

November 11th, 2022 – Looking Ahead: Innovations and Programs Supporting 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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