Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities


By: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


Food Systems

This report, published as a partnership between the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's agencies of Rural Development and the Agricultural Marketing Service, focuses on regional food systems as a means for enhancing economic opportunity. Regional food systems can promote economic growth for both rural and urban communities through the creation of new or the enhancement of existing jobs and businesses, and appropriately targeted policies and support can advance the economic and financial security of low- and moderate-income households and communities. The report explores  recent findings; highlights models for collaboration between policymakers, practitioners, and the financial community; and discusses research, policy and resource gaps that, if addressed, might contribute to the success of regional food systems strategies.