Food systems research for ClimateWorks’ Land Use Futures
When Monash University’s ClimateWorks launched their Land Use Futures project in 2018, they quickly realised that they needed food systems input to shape their modelling of land use and agriculture.
The group engaged Open Food Network as research consultants to help them think through scope of problems and solutions and to be able to think critically about stakeholder engagement based on this.
Open Food Network has worked alongside the core ClimateWorks team to provide advice along the way as the project emerges. Our most recent work has involved in-depth scan of scientific literature to understand how best to model agro-ecological/regenerative solutions within the broader scope of solutions being considered.
As with many of our consultancy projects we have also built open source resources in parallel, drawing on what we have learnt through our research.
ClimateWorks approached the Open Food Network as consultants thanks to our team’s expertise across academic research and policy-making for sustainable food systems. Our team can quickly understand a research context and provide valuable input both in project shaping and content (strategic and technical).
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Working with Open Food Network has been an absolute pleasure. They brought enormous energy, creativity, intellectual clout and helpful challenge and critique to our project. They have helped us to think through complex problems and find ways forward despite considerable uncertainty, and have delivered high quality work.
They have a wealth and depth of knowledge about agriculture, environment and food systems that was brought to bear in our project. They also have the rare quality of being able to zoom between the micro detail, including highly technical and scientific detail, and the big picture, and this enables them to provide extremely good strategic advice. They are also very flexible and highly committed to meeting deadlines. I would not hesitate to recommend them.
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