SAFSF amplifies the impact of philanthropic and investment communities in support of just and sustainable food and agriculture systems, and the SAFSF Forum is the only national gathering for and by funders supporting just and sustainable food systems change. The Forum challenges participants to understand the need for grantmakers and investors to take on risks in order to co-create more resilient, sustainable, and equitable food systems—and at the same time, provides space to cultivate connections with peers so that no one organization is going it alone.
The three-day Forum offers many opportunities for peer learning, networking, and collaboration. Plenary and workshop sessions and themed dinners allow funders to learn from each other as well as leaders in the field. Day-long site visits encourage participants to learn from work happening in the region and identify themes that might inform their own work once they return home. A full funders-only day provides space for deeper-dive peer engagement around topics of interest.
And because the Forum theme and agenda is developed by and for funders who are working on a variety of issues, approaches, and geographies, attendees will leave with inspiration, strategies, and connections for impactful engagement related to their own work within the food system.
The 2020 Forum theme, Fields of Vision: Building on Our Assets for Resilient Food Systems, encourages participants to explore our fields of view by:
- Focusing on immediate critical needs and assets
- Looking beyond our own organizations and localities to build relationships with strategic allies and partners
- Zooming out to map the complex systems and leverage points that will support health, equity, solidarity, and resilience widely and for the long term
Forum offerings will reflect on this theme and be informed by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on our food and agricultural systems.