Building Support for EFOD: A New Framework for Equitable Food Oriented Development
A new white paper outlining a framework for equitable food-oriented development has been developed by a new organization called the EFOD Collaborative and Daisa Enterprises, with support from The Kresge Foundation. The paper creates a definition for an EFOD framework - its origins, defining criteria, and impacts - and provides well-researched recommendations for sustainable field-building. This framework arose from years of community-based practitioner expertise, and reflects the experience of community food system leaders.
Local food ventures and healthy food access projects have gained considerable traction in underserved neighborhoods in recent years. However, many of these initiatives often exclude local residents in their planning, execution, and ownership; structures that can have significant negative health and economic impacts in these communities, and even exacerbate injustices. In response, a new framework of resident-led initiatives promoting equity in community-level food systems projects is emerging.
Equitable Food Oriented Development (EFOD), is an innovative approach that aligns food and economic development models, with an explicit aim of building community power. EFOD specifically helps historically marginalized communities maintain leadership, pride, and voice in their resident-centered food and agriculture initiatives; and ensures vulnerable communities can build food systems that reflect culture, promote health, and promote community wealth.
The paper was jointly produced by the EFOD Collaborative and DAISA Enterprises, with support from The Kresge Foundation. EFOD Collaborative Steering Committee members include Community Services Unlimited Inc., Nuestras Raíces, La Mujer Obrera, Mandela Partners, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Inclusive Action for the City, Planting Justice, Sankofa Community Development Corporation, La Semilla Food Center, and allies from Capital Impact Partners, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, and The Wallace Center at Winrock International.