Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast
Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems (EFSNE) seeks to determine whether greater reliance on regionally produced food could improve food access and affordability in disadvantaged communities, while also benefiting farmers, food supply chain firms and others in the food system.
A USDA-funded Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) project, EFSNE brings together researchers, educators, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from a twelve-state region in the Northeast, engaging the entire food chain from production to consumption in a collaborative effort.
Food Security Research News
Community Members Share Insights into Their Purchasing Habits, Food Access Experiences
December 11, 2013Community involvement is at the heart of the EFNSE project, and our researchers rely on community members’ help for many aspects of the project. During the last year, researchers on the Consumption Team conducted their first round of shopper intercept surveys, asking members of each of the project’s nine partner communities to take a break from their grocery shopping to participate in the survey. All told, they surveyed 902 shoppers at 17 stores.
In the Case of Wholesale Food Distributors, It’s All About Location
December 11, 2013In all but the shortest supply chains, food moves through wholesale distribution centers on its way from farm to consumer, and the location of these distributors can have a big impact on the efficiency of a food system. Members of the Distribution Team want to know how these distributors’ locations would need to change to support a more regionalized food system. To find out, they developed a new mathematical model.
Production Team Develops New Tool To Help Assess Regional Capacity
December 11, 2013How much food could actually be produced in the Northeast? It’s a complex question, and answering it is a slippery undertaking, because it depends on any number of weather, soil, land-use, and crop-genetic and management variables. One way to approach such a complicated question is to try to answer it for a single crop. That’s what members of the Production Team recently did, using one of the EFSNE market basket foods — the potato — as their subject.