2019 Food Systems Development Practitioners Survey

We welcome your participation in this Food Systems Development Practitioner survey!

COMPLETE THE SURVEY HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NAFSN_201

Purpose and Survey Overview

This survey is sponsored by the North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN) and its National Partner organizations

One of the big questions relating to food systems development is what are the challenges and training needs of current and prospective food system development practitioners? We believe that improved knowledge and skills of practitioners are likely to lead to more effective and efficient programs, and ultimately to more viable and sustainable food systems. This survey was conducted in 2012, and this new survey will provide trends in the professional development needs of food systems practitioners.

Therefore, we are surveying current or prospective food systems development practitioners (including professionals, students, or volunteers) to better understand their needs and opportunities. The results will be shared publicly (although all responses are anonymous) and used to inform the work of a broad range of organizations and agencies.

While Cooperative Extension and other entities have been doing food systems development for a long time, for many organizations and their staff or volunteers this is new territory. In addition, much of the current focus in this emerging field lacks established foundations for practice. Out of this we are identifying an emerging need for the kind of information, training opportunities, and networking that enable food systems development practitioners to be effective in the important work of building and strengthening local and regional food systems.

This questionnaire is largely simple check-boxes and should take about 15 minutes to complete.

You have the option to provide your name and contact information at the end in case you’d like us to stay in touch with you. The survey and results will be completely anonymous. If you choose to share your contact information, they will not be shared in conjunction with this survey.

Should I Complete This Survey?

We define a “food systems development practitioner" as anyone who, as a significant portion of their work, uses community development strategies in working with farmers, business people, government agency staff, local residents, or other persons or entities to create or strengthen the viability, equity, and sustainability of food systems. Under our definition of food systems we include (a) agriculture and other kinds of food production, processing, distributing, marketing, and retailing, (b) food security, and (c) food waste management. Under our definition of "food system development professional," we include paid staff with a broad range of job titles and effort allocations, as well as consultants, volunteers, students, and activists.