Food Systems Research Institute

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Food Systems Research Institute

PO Box 1141, Shelburne, Vermont 05482, United States

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Corporate Strategy & Advising

FSRI’s Corporate Strategy & Advisory Services offer a practical examination of your organization with respect to the food system. We do this by taking a whole systems view of your company, its current capabilities, and your company’s goals for integrating food systems and sustainability into short and long-term objectives.

Planning for food makes sense for businesses. Interest in (and awareness of) food is on the rise; culinary television programs, the development of localized food systems, and renewed interest in healthy eating are indicators that consumers care about the food system. For companies and institutions, this means showing that they care too. This can involve showcasing local food procurement as part of a company’s corporate social responsibility strategy, re-engineering promotional materials to reflect your company’s commitment to sustainable food systems, or performing food system audits to assess, understand, and map your company’s food footprint. In addition, we frequently employ qualitative and quantitative methodologies with geospatial analysis to produce powerful decision support aids.

No matter what your objective is, FSRI has the expertise to help your company plan, develop, and implement sustainable and profitable food system solutions.

Planning, Mapping, & Inventory Generation

FSRI’s Food System Planning, Mapping, and Inventory Generation services assists all sizes of government, institutions, and business that want to develop and implement successful food system plans, whether they are short-term food procurement goals or long-term planning and zoning modifications or comprehensive regional food system assessments. This includes extensive web mapping capabilities, as shown in these examples.

In an uncertain future challenged by climate change, food insecurity, water shortages, political instability, and energy limitations, communities and businesses will need to take proactive steps to increase resilience to external shocks. FSRI provides food systems planning expertise that will enable you to meet your objectives and minimize your risk exposure.

Is your community hoping to quantify or classify agricultural opportunities? Is part of your business mission to be more committed to the local agricultural economy? Achieve such goals requires the industry insight and knowledge offered by FSRI. For instance, we conduct site specific market analyses and perform feasibility assessments for agricultural production and consumption potential. We also provide strategic and advisory services related to creative farmland preservation, economic development, and potential conflicts between agricultural and non-agricultural uses.

No matter what type of entity you are, these are multidimensional goals influenced by issues of economics, land development pressure, and volatility in global food and energy markets.

The Food Systems Research Institute wants to help you move forward proactively to ensure that your community, business, or institution remains resilient and strong.

Market Analysis & Analytics

Have you ever wondered what your company’s food footprint is? Wish you could make a map of suppliers, farmers, or potential customers? Perhaps you’re interested in assessing the economic benefit of sourcing more food regionally? Looking at your data on a large scale makes sense; FSRI’s Market Analysis & Analytics services help you see information in a new way and allows unrealized patterns to emerge. The result: more informed, and ultimately, profitable decisions. FSRI’s goal is to enable our clients to make better decisions. Whether you are looking for internal decision support mechanisms in the form of a Geographic Information System or developing material for precision customer targeting, FSRI has the enterprise-level analytical capabilities to help you move forward.

 

About The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook

The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook is a free database of degree programs, consultants, scholarships, funding, conferences, and other education and training resources for professionals and students focused on food systems work. It is published by the Thomas A. Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems in collaboration with the North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN). The Lyson Center is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (a 501c3 nonprofit organization affiliated with Cornell University).

 

Contact Duncan Hilchey with any questions or comments.