Evaluating the Impacts of Food Systems

  • Charles Francis University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Amy Swoboda University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Keywords: Assessment, Food Systems, Impacts, Evaluation, Complex Adaptive Systems

Abstract

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Bringing order and clarity to the analysis and evaluation of food systems is an elusive goal, especially when multiple agencies are involved in the design and implementation of policy. Many actors in the system are involved, from input suppliers to farmers, from companies in processing to wholesale and retail sales, and to those concerned with nutrition and health. The mix of public and private organizations further complicates communication, and universities are little help with their "silo" organizational structure into specialized departments. A Framework for Assessing Effects of the Food System provides a comprehensive study of how we could assess our food system, plus some useful recommendations for improvement....

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Author Biographies

Charles Francis, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; 279 Plant Science Building; Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0915 USA.

Charles Francis teaches agroecology, organic farming, and land use courses in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at UNL. His research is on long-term rotations, resource-efficient croppng systems, and local food systems alternatives.

Amy Swoboda, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Amy Swoboda has expertise in water and other natural resource law, and assists in teaching courses about urban sprawl and land grabs in the Global South. She has conducted research in Egypt on water law and long-term planning.

Cover of "A Framework for Assessing Effects of the Food System"
Published
2016-01-26
How to Cite
Francis, C., & Swoboda, A. (2016). Evaluating the Impacts of Food Systems. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 6(2), 307-310. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2016.062.005