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Speaker Series: Rural Transformations in the US

We are proud to co-sponsor the Rural Transformations in the United States visual seminar series, hosted by the Center for Modernity in Transition (COMIT). Some of the most promising advances in sustainable and equitable development are unfolding in rural settings. Here, a diverse group of stakeholders are reshaping food systems, leveraging local knowledge, bolstering climate resilience, and enhancing community participation in the developmental journey.

Stakeholders from across North Carolina came together at Duke University on March 3, 2024 to spark dialogue and identify pathways to address a variety of challenges within the food system and a National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. More than 200 in-person attendees and thousands online participated in the “Empowering Eaters: Access, Affordability, Healthy Choices” event. Farmers, faculty, students, community organizers, policymakers, and officials from non-profit organizations both sounded the alarm and exchanged ideas about how to move toward a future with better food security, health, nutrition and environmental outcomes. The convening was organized by Duke’s World Food Policy Center, the White House, and FoodTank, a food think tank and non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.

Latest Papers

Virtual water trade: Does bilateral tariff matter?

Rui Chen, Derick T. Adu, Wenying Li, Norbert L.W. Wilson. Virtual water trade: Does bilateral tariff matter? Ecological Economics, 222 (2024) 108216. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2024.108216

The longitudinal association between caregivers’ perceived competence and autonomy and children’s dietary consumption before and 10 months into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chacón, V., Chung, M., Folta, S. C., Hennessy, E., Macfarlane, H., Roberto, C. A., Tovar, A; Wilson, NLW; Economos, C. D. (2024). The longitudinal association between caregivers’ perceived competence and autonomy and children’s dietary consumption before and 10 months into the COVID-19 pandemic. Appetite, 195, 107205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2024.107205

The distribution of competitive research grants from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture: A comparison of 1862 land grant universities, 1890 land grant universities, and other institutions

Wilson, Norbert; Walters, Lurleen; Wade, Tara; Reynolds, Kenesha. The distribution of competitive research grants from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture: A comparison of 1862 land grant universities, 1890 land grant universities, and other institutions. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, December 15, 2023; 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1002/aepp.13413

The creation of an online grocery store for experimental purposes: A pilot study

This paper describes the development of an online grocery store that displays actual products, brands, sizes, prices, pictures, and ingredient lists sold in current online grocery stores in the United States.

The gamification of nutrition labels to encourage healthier food selection in online grocery shopping: A randomized controlled trial

Gamifying nutrition labels may be an effective strategy to improve the nutritional quality of food choices in online grocery stores, but further research is needed.

Moving policies towards racial and ethnic equality: The case of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, Hugo B. Jales, Judith Liu, Norbert L. Wilson. Moving policies towards racial and ethnic equality: The case of the supplemental nutrition assistance program. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 04 May 2023. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajae.12402