What's FEAST?

The FEAST project takes a participatory action research approach to explore the realities and potential for bottom-up sustainable agrifood transition at sites in Asia.

We analyze patterns of food consumption, food-related social practices and their socio-cultural meanings, and conduct food system mapping specific to national, regional, and local production, distribution, and consumption contexts. We also partner with stakeholders to vision plausible futures and to initiate food citizenship-oriented experiments and actions.

FEAST co-designs and co-produces socially-robust knowledge and mechanisms that challenge mainstream economic thinking on consumption and growth, work to redefine the notion of long-term food security, and engage society in a public debate on our relationship with food and nature that questions shared beliefs and values to reacclimatize consumers as citizens and co-producers in the foodscapes around them.

Working Groups

FEAST project headquarters are located at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan and is arranged into five working groups composed of researchers and practitioners from all over the world. Each working group develops its own work package in coordination with other working groups on specific topics that have research and real-world impact over a five year project period (FY2016 to FY2020) and beyond.

Working Group 1

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Food System Mapping &

Working Group 2

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Ethics &
Consumption Practices

Working Group 3

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Agro-ecological production strategies in policy and practice

Working Group 4

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Supporting Tools for Sustainable Regions

Working Group 5

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Transparent Food Chains




Report:Exploring better food futures for Kyoto prefecture though visioning and back-casting Astrid Mangnus (Utrecht University)