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Food and Climate Justice

Food and Climate Justice Program
Food and Climate Justice

We collaborate with community partners in the greater San Jose, CA area and Central America on research that empowers farmers to develop food justice responses to hunger and economic insecurity and to build resilience to climate change and other hazards. We work with farmer cooperatives, universities, and nonprofits to design, diversify, and evaluate their agricultural and food security programs. We use agroecology and participatory approaches to improve health and environmental outcomes.

ContactChris Bacon  

Food and Climate Events   

Food and Climate Publications 

  • Projects

  • Santa Clara County Food Systems Equity and Resilience

    An SCU research team is collaborating with two nonprofits to create a food worker-owned cooperative and conduct research to support local institutions, such as hospitals and universities, to implement values-based procurement strategies (such as the Good Food Purchasing Program). The team will also organize an agroecology, urban agriculture, and food systems policy short course, support participatory monitoring and evaluation, analyze data, and involve community members in the co-creation and sharing of knowledge for food system change.

    SCU Participants: Christopher Bacon, Maria Eugenia Flores Gomez, and multiple student researchers, alumni, colleagues, and partners

    Partners: Veggielution (primary), Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI)

    Funder: The County of Santa Clara, through the Office of the County Executive for Food Systems Resiliency Grant Program

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  • A Food Justice Response to Covid-19 in California

    Faculty, students, farms and food aid organizations in the Bay Area are collaborating to draw lessons from the pandemic about how to improve emergency food assistance and create a more just food system. 

    SCU Participants: Chris Bacon and multiple student co-authors

    Partners: Fresh Approach, Pie Ranch

    Funders: The Lawrence Foundation, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

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  • Food and Water Security in Nicaraguan Farming Communities

    An interdisciplinary team of SCU faculty and students has engaged in a multi-year collaboration with Nicaraguan community organizations to improve food and water security for farming communities hit hard by climate-induced drought, and other environmental and economic challenges.

    SCU Participants: Chris Bacon, William Sundstrom, Iris Stewart-Frey, Edwin Maurer, Maria Eugenia Flores Gomez, and multiple student co-authors

    Partner: CII ASDENIC 

    Funders: National Science Foundation Geography and Spatial Sciences (Grant Number BCS 1539795), Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Center for Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

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