What are Sustainable Food Places?

Sustainable Food Places is a partnership programme led by the Soil Association, Food Matters and Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming. It is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund.

The Sustainable Food Places Network (formerly Sustainable Food Cities) is an alliance of public, private and third sector organisations that believe in the power of food as a vehicle for driving positive change and that are committed to promoting sustainable food for the benefit of people and the planet. Belfast Food Network (BFN) are proud to be a founding member of Sustainable Food Places leading the way to make food a defining feature of the city and across With a network that now encompasses nearly 60 organisations across six working groups throughout the UK and Ireland– aims to help people and places to share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice in all aspects of sustainable food.

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We believe that a transition to a healthy, sustainable and more equitable food system requires not only strong national policy but also collaborative action between policy makers, businesses and civil society at the local level.

Since 2013, Sustainable Food Places have helped places across the UK:

  • to establish a cross–sector food partnership involving local authority and public sector bodies, third sector organisations, businesses and academic institutions;
  • to develop a vision, strategy and action plan for making healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live; and
  • to work together to realise that vision through concerted and coordinated action across a wide range of food issues.

From obesity and diet–related ill–health to food poverty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss to declining prosperity and social dislocation, we believe food is not only at the heart of some of our greatest problems but is also a vital part of the solution.

The six of Sustainable Food Places ‘key issues’ of framework for action:

  • Taking a strategic and collaborative approach to good food governance and action
  • Building public awareness, active food citizenship and a local good food movement
  • Tackling food poverty, diet related ill–health and access to affordable healthy food
  • Creating a vibrant, prosperous and diverse sustainable food economy
  • Transforming catering and procurement and revitalizing local supply chains
  • Tackling the climate and nature emergency through sustainable food and farming and an end to food waste.
Read more about ‘what is a sustainable food city‘ on our blog!


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