We Focus on Five Themes
How food systems can be more accessible in terms of livelihoods and food security
How food systems can react to change and absorb environmental and other shocks without disruption
How food systems can operate efficiently and sustainably
How food systems can support healthy food access and optimal health outcomes
How food can be understood – by consumers, advocates, researchers, and policy makers – from a systems perspective
Research carried out within the Food Systems Transformation Initiative is organized around five themes. Together, these thematic approaches define the broad approach to food systems sustainability that differentiates ASU’s activities from other universities’ approaches.The Food Systems Transformation Initiative is focused on impacting food systems in such a way as to create positive change in surrounding communities and around the world.
The Food Systems Transformation Initiative supports research in the following ways:
We act as a hub for faculty, making linkages across disciplines, supporting collaboration and providing assistance when applying for funding. By engaging ASU faculty, the Food Systems Transformation Initiative will drive research activities with a focus on transformative change, and engage more faculty in the vision of the Initiative.
We also work with community stakeholders who are at the front lines of change and understand best what resources are needed to improve food systems locally. See our list of Current Partners.
An innovation challenge opportunity will be launched shortly in relation to food systems transformation. Check back soon for details.