i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Toolkit for Regional Food System Assessment

Heather Manzo

Extension Educator, Ag Entrepreneurship & Community Economic Development

Pennsylvania State University

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Regional food systems are a crucible requiring transdisciplinary and multi-sector resources. To achieve alignment between regional economic development potential, regulatory and natural resources, a toolkit for rapid market assessment of the business environment is needed. Data gathered would create systems-level understanding of any regional agricultural value chain and provide guidance for appropriate technical assistance.

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