Thursday, February 4, 2010

Upcoming Webinar to Discuss Innovative Strategies for Building Agricultural Value Chains

Demand for organic and sustainably produced food has been growing rapidly for nearly two decades. In the past several years there has been a comparable surge in demand for locally or regionally produced food. For many regions of the country, however, building a supply to meet that growing demand has proven to be very challenging. In response, a number of innovative organizations and businesses have launched or expanded “value chains” to increase the supply and availability of healthy, sustainably produced foods in their region.

In this webinar, National Good Food Network (NGFN)Advisory Council member Anthony Flaccavento will share the results of a survey of these innovative value chain organizations,highlighting common challenges and strategies employed, as well as unique approaches some have developed. A sampling of the experiences of nearly two dozen groups, in Appalachia, the Northeast, the Midwest and other regions will be offered in the form of short case studies, and a recently completed Toolkit for building value chains will be briefly described. There will be approximately 35 – 40 minutes of presentations, followed by 20 – 25 minutes of Q & A through the webinar.

The National Good Food Network and the Central Appalachian Network are co-sponsoring this webinar with support from the Ford Foundation’s Institute for International Education. Rural Action is a founding meber of the Central Appalachian Network, along with our partner Acenet.

The National Good Food Network Webinar will take place Feb 11, 1:00-2:00pm ET. Learn more at Click here to Register

This Webinar will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in our regional food system!

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