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Strengthening Food System Resilience

Climate change, population growth and urbanization threaten urban food systems worldwide. Food systems—and their food processing, distribution and consumption networks—are vulnerable to many threats with both short- and long-term consequences. For example, severe storms can cause power outages, block roads or damage food warehouses and stores. The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future deploys research, policy and education to help make food systems more resilient—meaning they are strong enough to withstand and recover from crises. Building more resilient food systems ensures a more continual supply of safe, accessible food.

Stories and Viewpoints


Baltimore Food Policy Advisory Committee

The Center for a Livable Future played a key role in convening the Baltimore City Food Policy Task Force, formed in 2009, and authored the Baltimore’s Food Policy Task Force Final Report and Recommendations.

Food System Resilience

Our Food System Resilience Project aims to use research, policy and education to make sure that food systems can provide safe, nutritious, accessible food despite climate change and other threats.

Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast with Regional Food Systems

Studying whether greater reliance on regionally produced foods could improve food access and affordability for disadvantaged communities, while also benefiting farmers.

Baltimore City’s Food Environment

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has collaborated with the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative since 2012 to examine the physical food environment in Baltimore City.


Explore Other Areas of Expertise

Reducing Food Waste

Researching policy, interventions, unintended consequences, food distribution and donation, behavior and more.

Diet, Health & Planetary Boundaries

Exploring connections between diet, land use, soil health, air and water quality, biodiversity, and human health.

Food Systems & Climate Change

Exploring solutions and the role of the food system in slowing down and adapting to climate change.