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RSF: Food networks


The Research Support Funding scheme supported 13 short (six-month) projects that complemented and extended the Centre’s research themes: Transforming Institutions, Transforming Engagement, Transforming Health across the life course and Transforming Relations.


Devon sustainable food networks: mapping partnerships to enhance sustainable food cultures

This project is based on insider, practitioner and academic knowledge of the challenges sustainable food cities face, as well as understanding the potential for bringing together seemingly conflicting food agendas; those focused on food poverty, diet-related ill health and boosting local and sustainable food cultures. We aim to build capacity in Devon sustainable food networks by mapping food programmes in the city regions of Exeter and Plymouth, and the rural South Hams, to transform partners’ programmes by identifying and categorising existing activities to transform responses to food poverty, public health issues, sustainable ‘food work’ and research in the region. The project partners will collaborate to identify opportunities to streamline often competing public health/food poverty/local food agendas, enhancing health, environmental and food cultures across Devon and set strategic visions/agendas in food network research.

Project update

On Thursday 17th October the partners are holding a symposium to set out some of the initial findings of this research and explore the challenges and opportunities for Devon Sustainable Food Networks.

The symposium is taking place at St Sidwells Community Centre, Exeter , 1:30 – 4:30pm. Register for the symposium here.

Project Partners

Rebecca Sandover
Food Plymouth
Public Health Devon
The Bioregional Learning Centre
The Sustainable Food Cities Network

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