Developing Aims, Objectives and Action Plan

Step 2: Consult - Share, understand and confirm local needs, issues

The purpose of this step is to understand the community’s needs, issues and concerns; consult on the draft aims and objectives and begin building a food action plan. The consultation could take the form of themed participatory workshops with groups of stakeholders and /or public consultation in different communities and neighbourhoods (e.g. at events or on busy streets and gathering places).

Participatory workshops (E.g. food businesses)

The aim of the workshop is to listen to and understand the local food businesses’ opinions on the local food system, and how to make it more sustainable.


  • Where is your business?
  • Who supplies produce to your business?
  • Sustainable food locally – what do you think are the key issues for your business?
  • Why are these issues important?
  • How could these issues be addressed?
  • How easy is it for you to operate as a sustainable business locally?
  • Why is it easy / difficult?
  • What would make it easier?
  • Do you agree with the concept, ethos and aims of the Food Partnership?
  • How should your business be best represented in the Food Partnership?

Participatory community appraisal

It is helpful to carry out community-wide consultation throughout the development of the aims, objectives and action plan but particularly when identifying and confirming key issues and ways in which the Plan could address them. This is about listening to and understanding the local communities’ opinions on food, sustainability and health. This will help to encourage engagement in the process and the development of a sense of ownership for communities and stakeholders.


  • What do you think are the key local food issues?
  • How easy is it for you to get the food you want?
  • How important is it for you to eat healthily?
  • How easy is it for you to eat healthily?
  • How important is it for you to eat local produce?
  • How easy is it for you to eat local produce?
  • What would you consider to be a healthy diet?
  • Which issues are priorities and how could they be addressed?
  • Do you agree with the draft aims and objectives?


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 

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