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Our goal is to be a resource to a wide range of audiences impacted by and intersecting with food systems and food policy. In this section of our site, you will find reports, articles, info graphics, and commentary--both from our center and the many other institutions and organizations working in food policy. Sharing insight is a core ethos of our center because we believe that only by working together can we achieve an equitable and sustainable global food systems that advanced human health while protecting the planet.

Recent Reports

Summit Report

Empowering Eaters: Access, Affordability, Healthy Choices

This report summarizes takeaways from a Summit held in Durham, North Carolina, on March 3, 2024, in support of the National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

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Workshop Report – Strengthening Gleaning Incentives for North Carolina Farmers

Farmers have few options when a produce crop doesn’t sell, or the harvesting cost means there won’t be a profit. The Duke World Food Policy Center (WFPC) and the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) hosted a stakeholder workshop to explore strategies for encouraging North Carolina farmers to donate such
crops through gleaning. The workshop, held on Feb. 9 in the Research Triangle Park, was supported by The Duke Endowment. Participants included farmers, extension agents, food bank representatives, philanthropic foundations, and researchers.

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North Carolina Tax Advantaged Policies for Crop Gleaning

This paper explores data on gleaning from a public policy angle, with an emphasis on North Carolina. This analysis was conducted on behalf of the nonprofit gleaning organization, the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA), a national crop gleaning organization. SoSA organizes volunteers to harvest and transport crops to food providers, such as food banks or shelters.

Recent Papers & Commentary

Recent Explainers & Infographics

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Empowering Eaters Summit: Panel – Consumer/Retail Challenges and Making it Happen

Panel discussion – Consumer/Retail Challenges to a Sustainable Food System. Presented at the Empowering Eaters: Access, Affordability, Healthy Choices, and Food is Medicine Summit in…

Food as Medicine panel discussion

Empowering Eaters Summit: Panel – Food as Medicine

Panel Discussion on Food as Medicine. Presented at the Empowering Eaters: Access, Affordability, Healthy Choices, and Food is Medicine Summit in Support of a National…

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Empowering Eaters Summit: Panel – Food Security Means Environmental Sustainability

Panel Discussion – Food Security Means Environmental Sustainability. Presented at the Empowering Eaters: Access, Affordability, Healthy Choices, and Food is Medicine Summit in Support of…

Rooted in Relationship: Power & Privilege in Food Systems Conference

This webinar was recorded on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. The webinar focused on how white dominant cultural narratives play out in food insecurity and food access in the United States? The webinar framed ways in which whiteness impacts the food system, based in an historical context of structural racism. We also presented examples of how whiteness fuels power, decision-making, and investment in food systems.

Examining Whiteness in Food Systems Webinar

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This event explored how we can move from charitable interventions to a justice-based approach to food systems reform and community development. The Rooted in Relationship event focused on how to shift power and work in support of (not on behalf of) community-rooted organizations working on the health and economic viability of historically marginalized communities. This conference was held on April 21, 2022 at Duke University.