The 18th Annual SAFSF Forum brings us to Kansas City, Missouri on June 22-24, 2020. Kansas City is a dynamic city located in the geographic center of the country, and an important economic hub for rural and urban areas throughout the Midwest and beyond. We will ground our learning in this region, examining issues that play out here and in many other parts of the country––including the increasing challenges facing rural and frontier communities and farming and ranching families; the climate crisis and its many linkages to food, agriculture, and health; agribusiness concentration and consolidation; historical and structural barriers to justice and equity; and building unity at a time when divisions tend to get much of the spotlight.
Many of us share a vision of food and agricultural systems that cultivate health, equity, vitality, and resilience for all communities. To get there, we must draw on our full field of view––looking closely to understand and address challenges right in front of us; scanning the horizon for what’s ahead; and striving to overcome our blind spots. Join us in Kansas City to learn from farmers, advocates, tribal representatives, funder colleagues, and more whose vantage points reveal the complex landscapes in which our work is situated––and to build relationships and strategies that are informed by the longer view.
About the SAFSF Forum:
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.