International gathering of Food Policy Council pioneers in Germany

10 January 2018

Sustainable Food Cities attended an event from the 10th to the 12th of November 2017, where over 100 people from more than 40 cities came together in Essen, Germany to exchange ideas and experiences about food policy councils (FPCs, in German: Ernährungsräte). This was the first networking congress of recently created food policy councils and initiatives planning to do so in the near future in German-speaking countries and regions (Austria, Germany, South Tirol and Switzerland).

FPCs bring together diverse actors within the food system; they are often initiated by civil society and they try to shape food policies at different levels. As FPCs have been in existence in other countries for several decades, the congress organizers invited international guests from the United States, Canada, Brazil and the United Kingdom to learn from their experiences. In Germany, FPCs are a fairly new phenomenon with the first ones founded in Cologne and Berlin in 2016, followed by Frankfurt, Dresden and Oldenburg in 2017.

Anna Wissmann from FPC Cologne and coordinator of the congress summarized: “There was so much need and willingness for exchange, so the interactive format we chose worked out pretty well. With all the interested people coming to Essen, we now know: A network of FPCs in German-speaking countries is willing to emerge from here”.

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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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