Public Policy Engagement


Public policy has a hand in driving outcomes in every aspect of agriculture and food system issues where philanthropy engages – access to healthy foods, small farm viability, local and regional food systems, rural community development, environmental toxins, safe workplaces, food sovereignty,  fundamental rights to self-determination, and more.

Additionally, structural inequities within our agriculture and food system result in disproportionately negative impacts on specific people and communities – low-income, rural, and people of color. Such outcomes are not accidental – they have been driven by public policy at the federal, state and local levels. Philanthropic investment and engagement in public policy development and advocacy is critical to shifting that dynamic, and indeed, has catalyzed much of the progress made in recent years on sustainable agriculture and food systems.

SAFSF works to engage the full capacity of philanthropy in public policy. Our policy programming helps funders policy skills and knowledge, while fostering collaborative action and building relationships with policymakers at the federal and state levels around areas of interest.



2020 Policy Convening Report

The Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders community engaged in a new and compelling way during the 2020 Policy Outlook and Funder Strategy Conference. There has never been a more important time to come together. Federal policy, and the farm bill in particular, has an outsized impact on our agriculture and food system. We know we are stronger when we are in this together and we are grateful for your commitment to reimagine how we might inspire federal policy advocacy to build a just and sustainable agriculture and food system.
We hope this policy convening served to strengthen your connections, foster collaboration on federal policy, and build capacity for our policy work. You gave your time, energy, and best ideas at the convening—they are all documented in this report for our collective use.

The report is available for SAFSF members and participants of the 2020 Policy Outlook and Funder Conference. SAFSF members may download the report by using the button below, you will be redirected to login into your member portal.


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SAFSF Policy Committee

If you have any questions about SAFSF’s policy work or would like to deepen your involvement in our policy programming, please reach out to SAFSF Public Policy Director Traci Bruckner – [email protected].