Food systems resilience through dialogue

Localizing a food systems approach in pandemic response




Asset-Based, Food Governance, Food Systems Approach, Food Systems Resilience, Food Systems Transformation, Planning, COVID-19, Pandemic


Community and international development practitioners are increasingly adopting a food systems approach to research, planning, and intervention. This paper examines such an approach as part of the COVID-19 response of the Food Systems Dialogues (FSDs), a global effort facilitating multistakeholder interchange to build support for food systems transformations. The FSDs’ pandemic response involved redesigning the in-person global dialogue process for online delivery in localized settings. This paper documents how the online FSDs in New York’s Hudson Valley allowed local systems actors to share their experience mid-shock, as the system responded to the pandemic, and revealed FSDs’ ability to quickly adopt a systems orientation and thus take the first steps toward transforming food systems. It also highlights where new research is needed in food systems approaches to development.


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Author Biographies

Angela R. Hansen, University of Cape Town

Graduate School of Business

Eilif Ronning, Food Systems Foresight

Oslo, Norway

Katie Collier, University of Pennsylvania

School of Arts and Sciences

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How to Cite

Hansen, A., Ronning, E., & Collier, K. (2020). Food systems resilience through dialogue: Localizing a food systems approach in pandemic response. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(1), 265–268.



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