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
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Consumption Team's Store Inventory Process
March 25, 2014Some people might have a preconceived idea of what a grocery store in a low-income neighborhood is like — how it looks, the kinds of foods it stocks, and how well its customers are served. Consumption Team member John Eshleman did, but that was before he became intimately familiar with a tool developed to capture the substantial diversity that exists among food stores.
Supply Chain Case Studies Help Shed Light on Understudied Flows of Food
March 24, 2014The circuitous path that most food follows from farm to table is largely unknown to industry outsiders. In fact, this food supply chain is so complex that ten EFSNE researchers — including economists, engineers, and a food-systems expert — are working together to better understand it, so they can identify what can be produced and distributed optimally in the Northeast.
Production Team Measures Regional Self-Reliance for More Than 100 Foods
March 23, 2014If we want to know how much food the Northeast could produce for its consumers, then figuring out how much it already produces is a good place to start. That's no small task, given that the Northeast has nearly 24.7 million acres of land in yearly agricultural production, and millions of consumers. Yet, it is a task the Production Team completed recently, estimating the region's "self-reliance" for more than 100 foods.