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Hey Bevan,

Congratulations on progressing this far on the Food Vision Prize; we were impressed by your well thought out approach! The OFNs (Open Food Networks) are an interesting way to open up market opportunities for producers and consumers alike and we agree that it’s critical to create feedback loops for the EACs to track their progress and shift strategy when needed appropriately. The “Head Steward” model stood out as an interesting approach to tackle the tragedy of the commons. For the next phase of the prize, we would suggest diving into a bit more the following:

1) What sort of policies and guidelines do you think will be important for the “Head Steward” to set for EAC farming on the Commons they reside on?

2) How do you keep the “Head Steward” in balance in case of bad actors?

All the best!

Hi Alexandra,

Well written entry and congratulations on making it to this phase! Our team enjoyed reading through your submission and agree that targeting Inclusive Green Growth (IGG) is a critical leverage point in building a thriving land use ecosystem.

Another thing that interested us was your focus on ironing out land rights to align incentives for women to invest in their land and strengthen their voice within community decision making. We felt that your approach to target local leaders and male champions is a good way to start transforming a community’s belief system. Through the next phase, we think it might be important to highlight:

1) How might generational differences affect communities’ adoption to inclusivity and how might you overcome them?

2) How might this model be challenged in cultures where leadership may push back in its implementation?

All the best!


Chris commented on Bringing science to regenerative food systems.

Hey Jonathan,

Our team enjoyed reading your solution and wanted to congratulate you on the progress thus far. Your entry established the importance of regional variability to solutions, and we were intrigued to hear how your team felt that scientists should change their mindset from advising to learning and providing service. We think your note that scientists can only maintain their roles if they adhere to the current system points out a systemic cycle that’s indeed a barrier in addressing these issues. For the next round, you might think further about:

1) How do you encourage scientists trapped in the conventional system to make a transition?

2) When collaborating with policymakers, after involving them within the conversations, what barriers do you anticipate facing from conventional lobbyists and how might you navigate around them?

All the best!