Bryce Hoflund, associate professor at the School of Public Administration, and Megan McGuffey, School of Public Administration graduate student, will present Study of Food Policy Networks in Omaha, Nebraska on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 11 A.M. to noon in CPACS Commons.
As food system issues become more visible in the public discourse, complex communities of individuals and organizations in communities around the globe are attempting to influence and shape our food system—with action taking place in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. These communities are increasingly organizing, with varying levels of formality and complexity.
This broad category of associations, known as food policy networks (FPN), exist in many forms. The membership and structure of these FPNs impact their effectiveness and the focus of their efforts. We will present the findings of an in-depth qualitative study of the network of food issue actors in Omaha, Nebraska. Network characteristics, policy lessons, and best practices will also be discussed.