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2021 SAFSF Forum

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OPENING SESSION – Reckoning a Way Forward: Co-Creating Philanthropy’s Course toward a More Just and Sustainable Food System

May 3, 2021 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am PDT

Presented by Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) and The John Merck Fund

Coronavirus infection rates are down, vaccination rates are up, stress on the healthcare system is easing, schools are reopening, and our struggling economy is stabilizing. Five months into the Biden-Harris Administration and the 117th Congress, USDA, FDA, EPA and other agencies are getting back to their regulatory and programmatic duties, and legislators are getting back to the business of lawmaking.

A return to normalcy is at hand.  But is that what we want?

2020 highlighted deep injustices in every one of our systems—health care, politics, economics, education, law enforcement—and, of course, food and agriculture. Such upheaval and disruption is an opportunity to reimagine and improve systems. SAFSF’s 19th Annual Forum will help agriculture and food system funders and investors examine how our practices have perpetuated the systems that have failed us, especially in this last tumultuous year, and amplify the voices of those who have kept their neighbors fed by growing their own food, supporting their local farms, changing their businesses on the fly, and advocating for authentic redress of entrenched food system injustices. These leaders are showing us the way toward a more just, equitable, and sustaining food system. Join us at the Forum–and during this opening session–as a first step in following their lead.

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Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, New Roots AME Church; MA

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Keoni Lee, Hawaiʻi Investment Ready; HI

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