IFSTAL Digest 5.07-April 2020

IFSTAL Digest 5.07-April 2020

by Louise Whatford -
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Issue 5.07

April 2020


Dear IFSTAL members,

We hope you are well and safe! This month’s digest includes news on the virtual SUMMER SCHOOL! Please see below for more information on this exciting event! There has been an interesting discussion on the portal about food systems and COVID-19, if you haven’t seen this or want to add your thoughts please do, it’s on the IFSTAL news feed! Below are some interesting papers, articles and webinars we have seen and as last month we would also like to encourage you to get your IFSTAL certificate of participation, please refer to the guidelines at the bottom of the essential information page on the portal on how to apply for your certificate.

Do also follow us on social media (all the links below), we, and others use #ifstal #foodsystemsthinking to flag up interesting events, roles or opportunities that may be of interest. 

Best wishes,



IFSTAL News | Events | Links

Summer School

This year Summer School is going virtual! Due to COVID-19 we have had to cancel the face to face IFSTAL summer school but instead will be hosting a virtual summer school! Please use this link: https://forms.gle/KzhyfvgnXkv1qSzi9 to let us know if you are intending on signing up for this event and let us know your preferences on length etc! More news to follow on this exciting event!!


Papers | Reports | Blogs | Webinars

 If you have suggestions for this section, please let us know or share on the portal forums.

Papers, reports and articles

https://foodfoundation.org.uk/covid-19-latest-impact-on-food/. The Food Foundation COVID-19 latest impact on food

https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/welsh-food-system-fit-future-generations. Sustainable places research. A Welsh food system fit for future generations.

The hidden potential of urban horticulture. Edmonson et al., 2020.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/04/10/poor-countries-social-distancing-coronavirus/. Foreign Policy. Poor countries need to think twice about social distancing.

https://neweconomics.org/2020/03/building-a-minimum-income-protection. Economic of COVID-19 in the UK. New Economic Foundation


IFST: https://www.ifst.org/events

Chatham House: https://www.chathamhouse.org/event/webinar-implications-covid-19-pandemic-food-security-and-resilience-africa


Do you want to blog for us? We’d love to hear about your experiences or views on some aspect of the food system, or your place (and others’) within it.  Particularly during this time! Feel free to pitch ideas to your local EC and we can provide guidance on how to get started or on structure if wanted.


Keeping in touch

See ways below to interact with alumni, the IFSTAL wider community and raise your profile: