Growing practitioner and academic partnerships

Growing practitioner and academic partnerships

With food partnerships flourishing in regions across the UK, there is growing interest and timely focus on driving innovation and best practice in all aspects of a healthy, more equitable and sustainable food system.

Hands shaking to show working in partnershipEngagement between researchers and practitioners working across related themes is also growing.

This engagement can occur on many levels ranging from motivated academics who are personally involved in partnerships through to formal collaboration between universities and partnerships.


N8 AgriFood study reveals vulnerability of the UK’s food supply chains exposed by COVID-19

N8 AgriFood study reveals vulnerability of the UK’s food supply chains exposed by COVID-19

The UK has been left “dangerously dependent” on just two EU countries for its fresh vegetable imports, a new study on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK food system has revealed.

TomatoesThe study, published in Nature Food, also reveals that insufficient capacity in domestic food production, just-in-time supply chains and Brexit-related labour market challenges have all resulted in a weakened UK food system.

Building diversity and collaboration in the food system is essential for resilience in the COVID-19 recovery,


Food Futures and Lancaster University: Growing practitioner and academic partnerships

Food Futures and Lancaster University: Growing practitioner and academic partnerships

Across the N8 university cities, food partnerships have been emerging, growing and flourishing. Academic institutions play an important role in supporting and working in partnership with local initiatives.

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Over the coming months, we will be sharing stories of how our N8 community is working to develop collaboration locally and exploring the different approaches taken to support this.

In the first of these stories, we hear from Lancaster and their food partnership FoodFutures.