Food poverty is a challenge that we must work together to tackle. Food insecurity is the biggest risk factor for early deaths worldwide and leads to 1 in 7 deaths in Britain every year.

Throughout the UK, pioneering communities at every scale, from community groups through to entire city regions, have recognised the role food can play as a catalyst for change in addressing key social, economic and environmental challenges.

Food partnerships have emerged in our cities with them being supported and connected through the national Sustainable Food Places network.

Urban farms and gardens are changing the way people access food and open spaces in cities. Groups are working together to address food poverty – not just the emergency need, but the wider systemic issues, driving patterns seen in the lack of access to good, nutritious food.

In many cases, a lot of this work has sprung from grassroots initiatives with communities taking their relationship with food and right to good food, into their own hands.

Increasingly, partnerships between different sectors of the community, civil society, business and universities have developed to bring a more integrated approach to designing together a resilient and fair local food system.

Across the N8 AgriFood programme, there is already a breadth of collaborative research with community, voluntary and third sector groups tackling food poverty. This research aims to impact policy and includes:

  • Working with local food partnerships to embed a sustainable and resilient food culture within the local business and community sectors.
  • Addressing health challenges around food.
  • Developing a resilient local food economy from producers through to food citizens.
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