These priority areas have come out of a wide stakeholder engagement process and will together create a food system where people and nature can thrive.
We will provide a coordination and support hub for people who are championing local growing in their communities. There are inspiring initiatives across the county, at all stages from conception to scaling up, ranging from community-supported agriculture schemes to street allotments.
Given the critical importance of land issues to the food sector and the huge impact of food production on the environment, the partnership will lead on reimagining land stewardship. We will support ‘land sharing’ approaches that combines food production with biodiversity and environmental goods, encouraging connection with nature and building capacity for adaptation and resilience to climate change.
To create a sustainable food system we must address the issue of food waste. More than a third of all food produced is wasted and 70% of food waste happens in our homes. Tackling food waste is the most effective way to reduce greenhouse gases. Partnership across the supply chain can reduce food waste and help people value food.
There is demand for local, seasonal produce, and recognition of the importance of building local food resilience. We will explore a range of ways to connect local producers and consumers to contribute to the creation of a vibrant, prosperous and diverse sustainable food economy.
Nature connection is essential for us all. There is a growing demand for people of all ages, including those who are mentally or physically challenged, to be on the land and able to engage in productive activities, or just be present with nature. Many people are disconnected from where their food comes from and so lack awareness of how the food we eat impacts our health and the environment.