Sustainable Food Places Northern Ireland

Nourish Northern Ireland - our Nation Partner for Sustainable Food Places in Northern Ireland. 

We believe that a transition to a healthy, sustainable and more equitable food system requires not only strong national policy but also collaborative action between policy makers, businesses and civil society at the local level.

We are supporting four partnerships in Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Derry City and Strabane Council, Mid and East Antrim Council and Newry Mourne and Down Council. Each Council has established cross-sector food partnerships involving local authority and public sector bodies, third sector organisations, businesses and academic institutions that are delivering a strategy and action plan for making healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live.

We provide grants, advice and support to enable local food partnerships to drive changes to local policy and practice and to undertake campaigns, practical projects and public engagement initiatives.

As members of the Sustainable Food Places Network, partnerships are committed to sharing their learning and expertise as part of a community of evolving good practice. We have also created a national award scheme, based around the framework for action, that benchmarks, motivates and recognises achievement.

Due to the complexity and interconnectedness of these issues, we promote a systems approach that involves and connects key actors at all levels and across all parts of the food system. This approach is encapsulated in the six ‘key issues’ of our framework for action:

  • Taking a strategic and collaborative approach to good food governance and action

  • Building public awareness, active food citizenship and a local good food movement

  • Tackling food poverty, diet related ill-health and access to affordable healthy food

  • Creating a vibrant, prosperous and diverse sustainable food economy

  • Transforming catering and procurement and revitalizing local supply chains

  • Tackling the climate and nature emergency through sustainable food and farming and an end to food waste.

​We believe that food partnerships can drive a fundamental shift in local food culture and the local food system and become the hub of a rapidly growing good food movement of active and engaged citizens.

Visit the Nourish NI website to get in touch.