Food Systems Summit

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Appreciative Inquiry and Community Capitals Summit: Creating a Shared Vision of a Resilient Food System

June 13–16, 2022
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, NM

The global supply chain needs resilient food systems that not only avoid and mitigate disruptions but also recover from them. Addressing concerns delaying resilient food systems requires the convergence of food knowledge across disciplines and sectors. Recognizing the issues within the food supply system have many levels and participants, the need for structured exploration, appreciation, recognition, and direction becomes apparent.

The Food Summit will combine principles and processes of appreciative inquiry to develop an innovative and economically feasible vision and the community capitals framework to identify available resources to realize the vision using a systems approach.

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For more information or to request attendance to the Food Summit, please submit the form below

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The Food Summit goals and objectives are to:

  1. Solicit stakeholder knowledge and goals about food production, distribution, and consumer consumption;
  2. Develop a shared vision of a resilient food network capable of improving food safety and variety, enhancing health and nutrition, and expanding prosperity and profitability; and
  3. Incorporate deliberations into project proposals to address the knowledge gaps.

The Food Summit will partner with researchers directing a funded project through the National Science Foundation (NSF) entitled, Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Food Resiliency through Engineered Food Supply (FRESCH) to combine agricultural stakeholders represented through the Summit with engineering and academic experts to evaluate economic and social implications and associated solutions influencing resilient food systems.

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New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperating.