The Belfast Food Network is a project managed by Sustainable NI. It has established a cross-sector partnership of public sector organisations, NGOs and businesses working together to foster the development of Belfast as a Sustainable Food City. The project seeks to promote sustainable food as a means of enabling positive social, economic and environmental benefits for Belfast and beyond.

Our initiative is part of the pioneering, and rapidly growing, Sustainable Food Cities network, which is an alliance of cities and towns, each of which is harnessing sustainable food as a vehicle for driving positive change. Belfast was one of the six founding cities of the UK-wide programme, now engaging forty-one cities, towns and districts.

From obesity and diet-related ill-health to food poverty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss, food is at the heart of some of our greatest social, economic and environmental problems, but it’s also a vital part of the solutions.

The organisations in the Belfast Food Network all have an interest in helping people throughout our city to explore and implement practical solutions on six key food issues:

  • Promoting healthy and sustainable food to the public
  • Tackling food poverty, diet-related ill-health and access to affordable, healthy food
  • Building community food knowledge, skills, resources and projects
  • Promoting a vibrant and diverse sustainable food economy
  • Transforming catering and food procurement
  • Reducing waste and the ecological footprint of the food system

Each of these six issues is addressed by one of six working groups, in which the member organisations combine their expertise and experience to maximise the city’s response to some of the pertinent challenges. In turn, the activities of the working groups are co-ordinated by the Belfast Food Network Advisory Group.

The partnership has representatives from the following organisations:

  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (Chair)
  • Advice NI
  • Belfast City Centre Management
  • Belfast City Council
  • Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
  • Belfast Healthy Cities
  • Belfast Health Development Unit
  • Business in the Community
  • Consumer Council for NI
  • East Belfast Community Development Association
  • Education Authority Belfast
  • Fareshare NI
  • Federation of Community Farms & City Gardens
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Footprints Women’s Centre
  • Greater Village Regeneration Trust
  • Institute of Public Health
  • Ligoniel Improvement Association
  • Love Food Hate Waste
  • NI Assembly
  • NI Environment Link
  • NI Good Food
  • NI Housing Executive
  • NI Local Government Association
  • NI Prison Service
  • Public Health Agency
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Slow Food Ireland
  • Storehouse
  • Sustainable NI
  • Trussell Trust
  • Ulster Farmers’ Union
  • University of Ulster
  • Wolfhill Centre
  • Yellow Door Restaurant
  • Plus around 20 local artisan producers, including Passion Preserves, Indie Fude, Made with Love, Harnetts Oils, Moditions Bakery, Sugarpiece..
  • plus several other individual advisers with specific expertise

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