Devon is a county with a wealth of food initiatives seeking to promote positive approaches to food security, health and wellbeing, food skills and cultures, access to food and local food supply chains. Currently these initiatives are largely operating individually, with little opportunities for coordination between them. For the last six months our Devon Sustainable Food Networks project has taken a collaborative approach to explore the existing networks of research partners who have shared understandings of these issues.
Dr Rebecca Sandover has worked with Food Exeter, Food Plymouth, The Bioregional Learning Centre, Public Health Devon and The Sustainable Food Cities Networks on a WCCEH-funded project to explore our networks and shared experiences of Devon sustainable food networks by mapping food programmes in the city regions of Exeter and Plymouth, rural South Hams and the relevant policy work of Public Health Devon.
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.