Final IFSTAL Digest 5.09 - August 2020

Final IFSTAL Digest 5.09 - August 2020

by Louise Whatford -
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Issue 5.09

August 2020


Dear IFSTAL members,

This is the last digest of this year! Thank you all for another great year of IFSTAL, we wish you all the best of luck and hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We will be moving away from Moodle and to Canvas, so this online portal will no longer be active from September this year. Please do make a note of anything you want to as you will not be able to access the portal from then. However, please stay in contact with us e.g. join the Linkedin alumni group and link us to your page (instructions below). Also please do sign up (https://www.ifstal.ac.uk/contact-us/) if you would like to go on a mailing list for future mailings that will include a mixture of food systems opportunities, papers, conferences and case studies.

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. Below are some interesting papers, articles, webinars and programmes.

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, 



News| Events

Summer School 2020Check out some excellent reads with the blogs from the summer school, of which will be added to over the next month with views from the participants too: https://www.ifstal.ac.uk/ifstal-blog/.

Recorded sessions available on the Summer School Microsoft Teams group for those that attended the Summer School. Resources will be shared more widely at a later date.


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://www.nationalfoodstrategy.org/#:~:text=%E2%80%9CA%20National%20Food%20Strategy%20could,fishing%20that%20are%20now%20imperative. National Food Strategy 2020 Part 1

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/gch2.201600002. Agriculture, Food Systems and Nutrition: Meeting the challenge. Gillespie and ven den Bold. 2017.

https://health-policy-systems.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1478-4505-12-51. The application of systems thinking in health: why use systems thinking? Peters. 2014

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fenrg.2018.00026/full. Unravelling the complexity of the Jevons Paradox: The link between innovation, efficiency and sustainability. Giampietro and Mayumi. 2018.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7219559/. How COVID-19 has exposed inequalities in the UK food system: The case of UK food and poverty. Power et al. 2020.

https://www.sustainweb.org/publications/food-and-covid-19-report/. Food and Covid-19: How local authorities can support recovery and resilience. Sustain. 2020

https://sustainablefoodtrust.org/articles/?category=food-systems-2. Sustainable Food Trust articles on food systems


Oxford farming conference webinars: The case for expansion. https://www.ofc.org.uk/video/case-expansion

BBC Panorama - Has COVID changed the way we eat? https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000lq2j/panorama-has-lockdown-changed-what-we-eat

Ag2Nut Nigeria, ANH Academy and HORTSON Webinar: The role of horticulture during COVID-19. https://anh-academy.org/academy-news-events/event/ag2nut-nigeria-anh-academy-and-hortson-webinar-role-horticulture-during

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

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

Adding IFSTAL to your linkedin page

You can add IFSTAL under a separate “Education” entry, and link to the main IFSTAL page from the drop down of education providers. This will mean you will appear on the LinkedIn alumni list on their system, which is searchable on the IFSTAL page. You can attach your certificate here if you wish.

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