'Good Policy for Good Food' scaling-up local food policy-making in England

18 September 2018

'Good Policy for Good Food'

We are publishing today the first guide to present the range of available local food policy levers in England.

It shows that local authorities have a wide range of policy levers at their disposal to support sustainable local food systems and embed that change for the long term. 'Good Policy for Good Food' aims to help those who want to engage more effectively with local policy-making and reap the full benefits that doing so can bring.

The toolbox of 28 food policy levers is illustrated by clear practical examples of where these have been successfully used, inspired by the achievements of Sustainable Food Cities Network members and beyond.

The guide is by no means exhaustive but tries to paint a relatively comprehensive picture of existing local food policy levers and best practice. We aim to update it as more local authorities take on the food agenda, so whilst we will endeavour to keep content manageable, please feel free to share with us innovative policy levers or case studies from you area. Contact info@sustainablefoodcities.org

'Engaging with Local Authorities - Stories, challenges and tips from the Sustainable Food Cities Network'

Much of the success of local food partnerships depends on gaining recognition, buy-in and support from local institutions, especially local authorities.

This guide outlines the key mechanisms for engaging local authorities in the SFC agenda and reflects on the experiences and learning of SFC Network members so far.

It will help you answer questions such as 'Who should we engage with and how?' 'How do we get councillors on board?' 'What hooks can we use? and 'How can we make a case for engagement?'.

Download the 2 guides


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 www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk