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Course: Localizing the UN SDGs through Education, Training and Regional Collaboration

February 21: Food Policy Councils and Alliance as a Tool for Equitable and Resilient Food Systems
RCE: North Texas
Related SDGs: 2 and 11
Short Description: As the food and financial crises bring fresh urgency to concerns over hunger, food access, and public health, Food Policy Councils (FPC) are being established to “connect the dots” between the growing number of neighborhood food initiatives and communities forging policies for just, healthy food systems. FPC acts as both forums for food issues and platforms for coordinated action. The first Food Policy Council started in 1982 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Since then Food Policy Councils have been established at state, local and regional levels across the county.
A sustainable food system is the core of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and is a system that delivers food security and nutrition for all in such a way that the economic, social and environmental bases to generate food security and nutrition for future generations are not compromised.
In Spring 2021, RCE North Texas successfully launched the North Texas Food Policy Alliance (NTFPA) to address the challenges of food systems in North Texas through sharing of knowledge, capacity building, collaboration, and education. NTFPA collaboratively developed a strategic plan with a vision and mission and established 5-year goals that are aligned with the sustainable development goals (SDGs)