Vegetable Medley. Photo by Frey Gardens.

Strategic Focus

The Berkeley Food Institute seeks to transform food systems—to expand access to healthy, affordable food and promote sustainable and equitable food production. We empower new leaders with capacities to cultivate diverse, just, resilient, and healthy food systems.

We focus on three food system themes and emphasize a holistic approach to address these pressing issues. Current examples of our work in each area include:

Promote equitable access to good food

Venn Diagram: Good Food Access, Agroecology, Fair and Healthy Jobs
  • Improve equity and health outcomes of food assistance programs
  • Expand access to organic food
  • Support urban agriculture opportunities

Advance fair and healthy jobs in food systems

  • Ensure fair and healthy working conditions within existing jobs
  • Foster new jobs that build economic security for working families

Accelerate the adoption of agroecology

  • Promote pollinator health through diversified farming systems and alternatives to pesticides
  • Advance policies to promote and protect soil health