Getting the Basics Right

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who should join our food partnership?
There is no simple, consistent answer to this question. Generally, a partnership should be cross-sector and be able to represent the local community fairly, independently and effectively. Individual member interests should to a large extent not be brought to the table and members should endeavour to contribute positively to the partnership’s overall aims and action plan. It is not a forum to look for individual organisations’ funding, or other needs.

We would suggest the three main requirements of members are:

• Enthusiasm and a positive attitude
• Commitment to the ethos and aims of Sustainable Food Cities
• The ability to influence

2. Do we have to follow the steps outlined here

No you don’t!

3. How do we get reluctant stakeholders engaged?
You might find it useful to look at our draft Making the case toolkit to find the evidence of impact of local food partnerships and programmes and how they contribute to achieving key health, economic and environmental outcomes.


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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