Our aim is to ensure that nutritious, affordable, local, sustainably produced food is available for everyone in Devon. We support the development of a localised, sustainable food system and to tackle the issues of food poverty, diet-related ill health, food waste and unsustainable farming practices. Our focus is on achieving strategic, step change across the county.
The food partnership interim structure is made up of members from all sectors and covers the whole Devon County, to tackle a wide range of food themes shaped around the Sustainable Food Places’ six key principles.
The groundswell of local food activity during the pandemic prompted a call for a county food partnership, to support recovery. Recommendations on food resilience including development of a Devon Food Partnership (DFP) were approved by Devon County Council & commenced February 2021.
Food Exeter and Food Plymouth are established Sustainable Food Cities feeding into the county-wide DFP; Torbay food partnership in development.
DFP feeder groups have been established e.g. VCSE sector; local emergency food networks; UoE food research network; DCC food collaboration group; local authorities sub-group.
Sustainable food groups are collaborating i.e. Good Food Exeter, Apricot Centre, Tamar Grow Local.
Local food networks in all Devon districts have been explored, focusing on the issues which are most appropriately addressed locally.
Food Exeter, Food Plymouth, Bioregional Learning Centre and Public Health Devon collaborated on 2019 research into the challenges and opportunities for Devon Food networks.
DCC commissioned a representative survey in 2021, demonstrating concerningly high levels of food insecurity.
A collaborative southwest-wide research piece mapping supply chains is in development (working with other SFPs, LEPs & Authorities).
DFP built a consensus of local priorities through stakeholder engagement
DFP has connected local food action to facilitate collaborative working, and link complementary projects.
DFP has formed a task group to bring together local groups, authorities and food partnerships on a project to explore ways to promote the take up of Healthy Start in Devon.