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 in low-income 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 News

October 23, 2018

Report explores multiple facets of EFSNE project

Members of the EFSNE team prepared a report for the USDA, entitled "A comprehensive review of the regional, inter-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, food security, and systems facets of the EFSNE Project." It is available as a PDF here.

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September 16, 2018

That’s a wrap: Seven-year deep dive into Northeast food system advances understanding of regional potential

After seven years of analyzing a number of consumption, distribution, production, and other aspects of the Northeast US food system, EFSNE researchers have made significant gains in understanding the extent to which the region can increase production of certain foods, and potentially better meet the food needs of low-income populations in the locations they studied. Findings and outputs from the project, which concluded earlier this year, will be useful to food system planners, policy makers, researchers and advocates interested in advancing regional food systems.

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September 13, 2018

Baselines, trajectories, and scenarios: Production Team summarizes multiple analyses in newly published paper

Members of the EFSNE Production Team carried out seven analyses during the course of the project, focusing on the region’s current and potential production capacity.

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July 13, 2018

An Examination of Food Purchasing Patterns in the Northeast using Multiple Datasets

In a forthcoming paper, we use three different datasets to characterize differences in purchasing patterns across income levels and rural-urban status of food shoppers in the Northeastern US.

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