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Food and Agriculture Institute

Integrated Planning

How can we ensure food systems planning and policy are effectively integrated with other sustainability imperatives?

Sustainable development is best performed through integrated approaches that recognize linkages and interdependencies between environmental, social, and economic factors. Accordingly, FAI employs systems thinking in its planning and policy research to explore how different food systems strategies and approaches align and/or conflict with other sustainability objectives, as well as to examine current progress in integrated food systems planning and policy. Current research projects include an analysis of integrated community sustainability plans in British Columbia to examine how (and how well) local governments integrate food and farm objectives with other environmental, social, and economic goals in their planning processes. Planned projects in this area include an effort that will examine the food systems vulnerabilities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic and determine ways of increasing resilience to multiple shocks (including climate change), and a project that will use a novel analytical framework to examine how local food systems can be developed in ways that align with climate, biodiversity, and health objectives.

Learn more about the FAI's integrated planning research projects:

Food Systems Vulnerabilities

ICSP and Food

Equitable Food Systems

World Water Journeys

Agriculture and Health

One Health


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Dring, C., & Newell, R. (2022). Mapping Food System Impacts, Hazards, and Vulnerabilities in the Fraser Valley Region Workshop: Summary Report. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.31197.69604

Dring, C., & Newell, R. (2021). Fraser Valley Food System Vulnerability Workshop: Summary Report. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.34634.08648

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Newell, R., Dale, A., & Lister, N.-M. (2022). An integrated climate-biodiversity framework to improve planning and policy: an application to wildlife crossings and landscape connectivity. Ecology and Society, 27(1), 23. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-12999-270123

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