Established in 2010 with an endowment from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Inter-institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability (INFAS) is a national network of university and college educators, researchers, and activists, representing 26 institutions and spanning 21 states, who collaborate in analysis, synthesis, and problem-solving with practitioners to increase U.S. food-system resilience; to illuminate critical trends and common stewardship of public goods essential for food systems, such as water, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and public institutions; and to reduce inequity and vulnerability in the U.S. food system.
INFAS is hosted at the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.
We envision a US food system that is environmentally sustainable and socially just. This requires structural equality such that race, class, and gender no longer determine health outcomes, social status, or economic opportunity and that healthy, restored agroecosystems and fisheries are achievable.
- Increase the capacity of the scientific community to address the nation's major sustainability challenges
- Increase the scientific underpinnings of sustainability debates
- Raise the visibility of challenges posed by current food systems
Through addressing these objectives, INFAS ultimately seeks to improve access to healthy food for all children in the United States, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable children and communities. The network also works to identify critical trends and forge collaborative solutions to improve agriculture and food system sustainability.
During a Network annual gathering we decided to engage in a design process to deliberately interrogate the Network’s values and its priorities for action and engagement in order to build the foundation necessary for collective impact on the food system. Our statement on ‘Equity in the Food System’ was drafted by the INFAS design team after more than a year of reflection and discussion to underpin the Network’s mission and objectives moving forward.