SFP members are well equipped to coordinate government funding. 

Findings from research conducted by the University of West England show that SFP members are well equipped to proactively and effectively coordinate government funding. 

Areas of Wales with a preexisting Sustainable Food Places (SFP) food partnership, when compared to areas without, have been able to better co-ordinate the £2.5 million Welsh government food poverty fund.  As a result of their progressed partnership development, SFP members have been able to immediately put that money to work addressing the root causes of food poverty. This research shows that SFP members are well equipped to quickly, proactively and effectively coordinate government funding. 

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Below is a brief summary of the key points emerging from the research. 


  • The Welsh government allocated a £2.5 million fund to support every local authority to develop a multi-sectoral food partnership. 
  • The fund was established to address food poverty, with a specific focus on addressing the root causes of food poverty.
  • Food partnerships have, in part, been promoted in Wales because of evidence of their effective actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, which built resilience, tackled food poverty and supported long term food systems change.
  • About 50% of the Welsh population live within an area with a Sustainable Food Places partnership. 


  • A comparative analysis of SFP/non-SFP members showed that SFP members were more developed in terms of:
    • Representation from diverse agencies on the food partnership.
    • Representation from senior local decision makers, both in and outside of government. 
    • Evidence of the impact of partnership working. 
    • Ambition of workplan objectives.
    • Technical detail in the work plans. 
  • SFP members were able to immediately and proactively make use of the grant:
    • They had provisional plans in place prior to the funding announcement and made timely staff appointments, local grant awards and capital spends.
    • New partnerships have been able to accelerate their work by drawing upon the more established SFP partnerships in Wales.


The essential role of Food Sense Wales and the Sustainable Food Places programme: 

  • Food Sense Wales were pivotal in raising the profile of the SFP approach. 
  • They convened and co-ordinated multiple strands of food work across many local areas.
  • They created effective links between local level work and national policy. 
  • SFP resources were used by both SFP and non-SFP members to inform their partnership development. 

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