There is an increasing interest in food data among researchers and policymakers around the globe. This includes data about food acquisitions and purchases, nutrition, food security, food assistance, local food environments, food loss and waste, and health. To address the challenges with collecting high-quality food data, innovative techniques for data collection and processing are needed. The goal of this workshop, jointly organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) and the Social Data Science Center (SoDa) at the University of Maryland, was to provide a venue for researchers from different disciplines and countries to discuss advancements in methods for collecting and processing food acquisition data.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the first iFARM Workshop! The workshop was successful in bringing people together who are working in different contexts to talk about food data collection, processing and analysis. The workshop featured 15 invited talks, 3 keynote addresses, and 2 panel sessions. The full proceedings are available here.