Food Systems Publications

A collection of publications on food system topics, authored or co-authored by Center staff and/or partners.
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Goetz, S.J., Y. Han, E. Hildabridle, L. Li, F. Tegegne, S. Tubene, and A. Wetherill. NERCRD Rural Development Paper No. 57. April 3, 2017. This document presents the content of a curriculum prepared for extension educators and others who are interested in conducting a network analysis of farmer groups.

By Houtian Ge, James Nolan, Richard Gray, , Stephan Goetz, and Yicheol Han. Published in the International Journal of Production Economics, Volume 179, September 2016, Pages 228–238. (Access may be limited.)

Written by Stephan J. Goetz and published May 31, 2016 in Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. Abstract: Public interest in food systems has grown dramatically, and agricultural economists have important roles to play in contributing to and leading large-scale interdisciplinary studies of the subject. Key topics include understanding food system participants' behaviors and incentives and determining what food systems can and cannot achieve. I review a global food-security project funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture that illustrates the interactions between production, distribution, and consumption of food and regional self-reliance, as well as other important areas in which agricultural and regional economists can gainfully apply their tools and methods, including studies of the impacts of local food and network analyses.

Federal cooperative extension programs have helped more than 137,000 farmers stay in business since 1985, according to economists.

By Hamideh Etemadnia, Stephan J. Goetz, Patrick Canning, and Mohammad Sadegh Tavallali. European Journal of Operational Research, Volume 244, Issue 2, 16 July 2015, Pages 648–661. (Access may be limited.)

For two decades Havana, Cuba, has served as a living laboratory for practitioners and scholars of urban agriculture, particularly in its well-docu­mented role in helping stave off food insecurity during a period of severe resource constraints. Using secondary data, reports by other observers, and structured interviews with 11 of Havana’s urban gardeners, this study examines the challenges and opportunities that urban agriculture has experienced, and will continue to experience, in Cuba’s post-communist society.


This publication focuses on building communities’ capacity around urban and community gardening and addresses the challenges that arise as people and organizations work together to create and cultivate a community garden. 22 MB PDF

by Jason P. Brown (Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City), Stephan J. Goetz (Penn State), Mary C. Ahearn (USDA-ERS), Chyi-lyi (Kathleen) Liang (University of Vermont). Published in the February 2014 edition of Economic Development Quarterly.

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Published by the University of New Hampshire, this publication explores consumer and retailer demand for locally-caught seafood in New Hampshire. January 2014.

By Hamideh Etamadnia (Penn State), Ahmed Hassan (Southern Methodist University), Stephan Goetz (Penn State) and Khaled Abdelghany (Southern Methodist University). Published in the December 2013 edition of Transportation Research Record.

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RDP47 - A Social Network Analysis of the May 2009 NE-RCRD Local Foods Conference: Technical Report. Kathryn Brasier and Stephan J. Goetz, July 15, 2010. PDF file.

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RDP29 - Stephan Goetz et al., October 2005.

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RDP26 - Stephan J. Goetz, Martin Shields and Qiuyan (Cindy) Wang, November 2004.

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Cleary, R., Bonanno, A. and C. Cho. Describing U.S. Households’ Food Purchasing Patterns across Poverty and Urban Status: the EFSNE project Market Basket. NERCRD Rural Development Paper No. 56. February 21, 2017.

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This guide addresses the changing face of the agricultural industry, and provides support to farmers (and their educators) producing food in urban centers and on the urban fringe. It is a collection of topical factsheets including resources and information to answer the common questions of urban farmers. Published by the Cornell Small Farms Program. 2.9 MB PDF

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By Houtian Ge, Patrick Canning, Stephan J. Goetz and Agnes Perez. Selected Paper prepared for presentation at the 2015 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association and Western Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, July 26 - 28, 2015. PDF.