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Building Regional Food System Resilience in Southern Arizona - Learning from COVID-19

Building Regional Food System Resilience in Southern Arizona - Learning from COVID-19

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Building Regional Food System Resilience in Southern Arizona - Learning from COVID-19

This research project examines the impacts of COVID-19 on southern Arizona’s food system. The project aims to produce a detailed and holistic analysis of how COVID-19 and its associated social and economic impacts have affected various parts of southern Arizona’s food system, including food production, distribution, consumption, and food waste. The research team is using multiple research tools, including surveys, interviews, policy analysis, media analysis, and secondary data to understand how COVID-19 has impacted people who work in the regional food system and how they are responding to the disruptions or opportunities caused by the pandemic.

The overarching goal of the study is to gain an understanding of COVID-19’s impacts on food and agriculture in our region to support the development of a local food system that is more resilient to social, economic, and environmental stressors and disruptions. Understanding the types of changes and adaptations that people are making – in the midst of a crisis – will provide lessons about building resilient and more just food systems that can respond to future health, environmental, and climate risks. The results of the study will be shared widely, particularly with various institutions in Tucson and southern Arizona that are involved in food and agricultural policy.

The research project is a collaboration between the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) and the Center for Regional Studies at the University of Arizona. The initial results of the study will be presented in the 2021 State of the Tucson Food System Report.