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The purpose of the CRFS Scan is to develop an overall view and description of the local context and to start characterising the city region food system. More specifically, it will begin to explore the overall structure and characteristics of the current food system for its different sustainability and food chain dimensions, analyse the functioning of the current CRFS, take stock of baseline information and identify gaps and provide, to the extent possible, an indication of general trends and critical issues relevant to increasing the sustainability and resilience of the CRFS under examination. These key issues will be examined in more detail in the next project phases.

Important considerations when carrying out this phase include: setting a timeline (with a maximum of 3-6 months as it should remain a rapid and focused scan based on expert knowledge and existing data) with explicitly defined tasks  and the identification of individuals responsible for getting the work done. It is also important to recognize key areas in which there may be a lack of data to explicitly define gaps in current knowledge and inform the direction of future stages.

Key outputs of the "CRFS Scan" Phase

The main outcomes of the CRFS Scan comprise a consolidated report including: 

  • Local context
  • CRFS characterization
  • Policy review
  • Institutional stakeholder analysis
  • Priority setting

For communication purposes it can be useful to summarise key findings of the CRFS Scan in a Summary or Fact Sheet. It is important to present information visually as much as possible to allow for wider communication and discussion of findings. Such efforts also constitute ideal tools for monitoring and visualisation of changes in the food system over time.

Project tools and examples

Reporting outline CRFS Scan

This tool provides a detailed content outline for a report on the CRFS Scan.