Community Food Enterprise: Examining the Role of CFEs in Local Economic Development

From The Wallace Center at Winrock International MISSED THE JANUARY EVENT? WATCH IT ONLINE! This past January, the Wallace Center at Winrock International and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) presented a pair of panels on our new report Community Food Enterprise: Local Success in a Global Marketplace (CFE). Speakers for our U.S. enterprise event included USDA's Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and representatives from featured CFEs Greenmarket (NY), Oklahoma Food Cooperative (OK), and Zingerman's (MI). Our international enterprise event featured Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Senior Program Officer Mercy Karanja, along with representatives from Teach a Man to Fish/Fundacion Paraguaya (Parauguay) and Sylva Professional Catering (Zambia). Learn more, or watch it online! ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE: JANUARY NATIONAL GOOD FOOD NETWORK WEBINAR - COMMUNITY FOOD ENTERPRISE The National Good Food Network is an initiative of the Wallace Center at Winrock International working to scale up the value chain of good food--food that is healthy, green, fair and affordable--into more retail, wholesale, and institutional markets, and provide greater access for traditionally underserved communities. Each month, the NGFN hosts free webinars designed to share best practices, models and tools from experts and on-the-ground practitioners. In January, the NGFN featured Michael Shuman, CFE lead author and co-project director, with Mike Lorentz of Lorentz Meats (featured CFE), discussing the role of CFEs in scaling up good food. Learn more, or watch it online! ABOUT COMMUNITY FOOD ENTERPRISE (CFE) CFE is a project of the Wallace Center at Winrock International and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and is jointly funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Our recently-published report profiles 24 locally owned food businesses in the U.S. and internationally, and examines the financial, social and environmental performance of each enterprise. Analysis of these featured CFEs reveals milestones, challenges and strategies for replicating successes, and demonstrates how locally owned food enterprises are an increasingly powerful driver for local economic development. Learn more, or browse the case studies and analysis online!

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