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The purpose of the JAFSCD Shareholder Consortium (JSC) is to provide ongoing input on the policies and practices of the journal, to periodically evaluate the performance of the journal and measure its impact, and hold the journal accountable to meet the needs of its shareholders. See also EQUITY AGENDA below.


Co-Chairs: Keith Williams (First Nations Technical Institute), and James Farmer (University of Indiana)

Equity Officer: Open

Ex-officio: editor-in-chief Duncan Hilchey, and managing editor Amy Christian

JAFSCD Shareholder Consortium Membership

Members include all sponsoring partners, all organizational/program and individual shareholders. Ex-officio members include the editor in chief, managing editor, all associate editors, reviewers, columnists, advisors, and volunteers and work/study students.

Membership Qualification

To qualify as organizational shareholding members the organization must register as a shareholder HERE, and maintain active membership.

To qualify as an individual shareholder a person must make a share donation HERE, and maintain active membership.

“Active membership” refers purchasing an annual share, contributing to input on the JAFSCD Shareholder Consortium listserv, and participating in the annual shareholder meeting. Note that organizations, institutions, and individuals representing historically disenfranchised groups are exempt from purchasing an annual share.

Consortium Communications

Shareholder Consortium listserv (jafscdshareholders-l@list.cornell.edu)

Annual Meeting is typically held in February of each year.


A list of current shareholding organizations can be found HERE.

A list of current shareholding libraries can be found HERE.


JAFSCD Equity Agenda


First Draft: July 18, 2019

Edited Draft: October 21, 2019

Christine Porter drafting this version for JAFSCD equity committee review with major input from co-chair Lindsey Lunsford and members Keith Williams and Kami Pothukuchi.

Edited Draft: November 19, 2019

James Farmer, Amy Christian, Duncan Hilchey, and Keith Williams contributed.


This document presents the first full draft of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) Equity Agenda.  This agenda will serve as a guide for improving JAFSCDs work towards a more equitable and just food system via its role in fostering a network and community of food systems scholars, and the dissemination of current research and knowledge concerning food systems evolution, development, and change. Stating such, the document is not intended to be a final, infallible statement, rather, a dynamic resource that will evolve and change as the JAFSCD community changes.

Goals of the JAFSCD Equity Agenda:

  1. Amplify voices in the food system that are currently underrepresented in journal content.
  2. Develop the capacity of university-based academics and others (e.g. research scientists and policymakers) to work as better allies and accomplices in social equity and food justice action, education, and research in and across the food system.
  3. Transform relevant JAFSCD and other institutional (e.g. USDA) practices and systems to be more equitable and just for equity building.

Organizational context of the agenda: To guide pro-equity and anti-racist decision-making and assessment at JAFSCD.

Theory: By achieving and remaining accountable to this agenda, JAFSCD will increasingly foster food justice in the world, especially through fostering the conduct and dissemination of research that contributes to equity in process and outcomes.

Guiding principles: The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) endorses and supports many food justice and sovereignty principles and practices outlined by other organizations, collaborations, and institutions. These include specifically the Inter-institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability (INFAS) Statement on Equity in the Food System, Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) Equity Statement, and the Principles of Food Justicedeveloped and adopted at the Food + Justice = Democracy conference. We also draw from the toolkit Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System developed by the Michigan State University MSU Center for Regional Food Systems.

For research and action with Indigenous and other community stakeholders and for research involving data about and from those communities, we support and advocate for the principles and protocols in established by the Agro-ecology Research Collective (ARC), Our Principles and Protocols: How and on Whose Behalf We Work and the Canadian Tri-Council policy statement (TCPS2, Chapter 9) on research involving the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada

By endorsing the aforementioned principles and protocols, we aim to amplify the work and wisdom of their developers, establish guidelines and accountability for the work of JAFSCD stakeholders (editors, authors, and reviewers), and focus on developing and implementing an action plan that will help reach the three goals of the JAFSCD Equity Agenda.

Details of the JSC Equity Agenda can be found HERE.