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December conference to mark last phase of EFSNE project

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Posted: September 4, 2015

Next month, more than 100 people will gather for a conference in Greenbelt, MD, to mark the last phase of the EFSNE project. Attendees will learn about EFSNE project findings and engage in conversation and collaboration with other food system researchers, practitioners, advocates, and funders.

The first day of the two-day event will open with remarks from Elanor Starmer,  Senior Advisor to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. Starmer guides the agency's efforts to strengthen local and regional food systems and leads the "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative.

The conference will contain a mix of plenary and breakout sessions, which will provide participants the opportunity to engage around themes that have emerged from EFSNE findings, including public policy implications, transdisciplinary learning, and the future of food systems research. The event also will include a poster session, during which members of other AFRI projects will present on their food-security projects.