Collaboration and Diverse Stakeholder Participation in Food System Planning: A Case Study from Central New York

Authors: Evan Weissman*, Syracuse University, Matthew Potteiger, SUNY ESF
Topics: Agricultural Geography, Planning Geography, Regional Geography
Keywords: food systems, food planning, food policy, diverse stakeholders, governance
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Southdown, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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In 2012 the Onondaga County Agricultural Council was created by local government to promote and support the county’s farms, improve the connections between the county’s urban core of Syracuse and the surrounding agricultural areas, and to develop policy to support agricultural production and food system development. Although focused on agriculture, the council was shaped, through leadership appointments and participants, to include the entirety of the food system. The goals of the council – to strengthen the local food system – are ambiguous and council members quickly realized there was little understanding of the current structure and function of the Central New York food system. As such, the council provided support for a food planning project intended to create baseline understanding of the food system and to develop a framework for coordinating food system efforts in Central New York. Thus began FoodPlanCNY, a project designed to identify food system assets and opportunities to strengthen the economic opportunities, public health outcomes, and environmental sustainability of the CNY food system. This paper reports preliminary findings from this initial effort to engage participatory food system planning in Central New York, with a focus on the process and efforts to include multiple stakeholders in developing a collaborative framework for food system governance.

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