National and statewide food supply chain disruptions, like those that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, directly impact the local food system. As the pandemic continues and climate impacts increase in scope and scale, we are in a critical time to examine the vulnerabilities of New Hampshire’s food system. By investing in a building a reliable food system, New Hampshire will be prepared for future disruptions to global and regional food supplies, ensuring that our communities are thriving and food secure.
In 2020, the Food and Climate Research Network was funded by UNH CoRE as an interdisciplinary working group focused on advancing collaborative research related to climate change and the regional (New England) and local (New Hampshire) food system. The group meets monthly to build relationships and connections among researchers and practitioners in disparate fields whose work intersects with climate and the food system. The group collaborates to propose research that is responsive to the dynamic needs of food producers, businesses, and communities in the face of climate and other natural disruptions and spearheads proposal-writing to fund the most compelling research proposals.
In 2012, organizations working on food system plans and their implementation in the six New England states came together to share information and best practices, forming the New England Food System Planners Partnership to tackle regional projects of significance. The partnership also collaborates closely with Food Solutions New England, as well as other regional networks and organizations. In 2019, the New England State Food System Planners Partnership began developing the New England Feeding New England: Cultivating A Reliable Food Supply project to prepare the region for future climate and global pandemic-related disruptions and to increase regional food production for regional consumption, strengthening the reliability of our food system by shortening food supply chains. The partnership has adopted a goal of 35% regional consumption of regionally produced food by 2035 as a way to organize and mobilize our collective efforts to strengthen the region’s food system.
The Climate & Food Team meets monthly to connect and coordinate around this work. Learn more & get involved
Data & Research
Building a Climate Change Resilient Food System in NH
A policy brief that summarizes the current risks, challenges, and opportunities posed by climate change to the NH food system and argues that now is the time to develop strong networks and policies at the local, state, and regional levels to contribute to a more resilient and food secure future. This brief identifies key recommendations for launching this work.
Growing a Climate Resilient New Hampshire Food System
A climate resilient food system is defined as one that, in the face of climate disruption, is reliable across the supply chain from production to distribution, ensures adequate food availability and access for all populations, and is centered on racial equity. This report discusses the actions needed to foster the development of a climate resilient food system in New Hampshire.