Food Policy Councils: Towards democratic governance of food systems?

24 January 2018

In light of the recent development of Food Policy Councils in Belgium cities, FIAN-Belgium looks into the high potential that Food Policy Councils have to transform food systems but highlight some challenges that should be met in order to best achieve this.

These include democratic representation, independence from public authorities but a need for institutionalisation to ensure longevity, balancing the role of the private sector, public authority accountability and reinforcing the urban-rural connection.

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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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