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The value of local food partnerships: Covid and beyond

Jones, Mat; Hills, Sarah; Beardmore, Amy

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Mathew Jones
Professor of Public Health

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Amy Beardmore
Senior Lecturer in Public Health


The Covid-19 pandemic, and – more recently – soaring food prices have focused attention on how local areas meet the challenges of a fractured food system. This report examines the impacts and achievements of Local Food Partnerships (LFPs) and how LFPs embed and amplify their work to deliver both local and national food priorities. LFPs have been uniquely placed to provide systems leadership and practical solutions through the strategic direction and support of the UK-wide Sustainable Food Places (SFP) programme, established a decade prior to the pandemic. LFPs have been able to pivot to respond with agility to an extended period of national crisis and have moved forward to offer a coherent framework for the transition of local food system. The four dimensions of ‘effectiveness’, ‘efficiency’, ‘engagement’, and ‘equity’ highlight the value of LFPs to fill the leadership gap on local food issues.


Jones, M., Hills, S., & Beardmore, A. (2022). The value of local food partnerships: Covid and beyond. UWE Bristol: Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and National Lottery Community Fund

Report Type Research Report
Publication Date Mar 18, 2022
Deposit Date Mar 20, 2022
Publicly Available Date Mar 22, 2022
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Additional Information ISBN 9781860436048


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