A big part of our work is collaborating with others. Food systems change requires many hands, from right across the food value chain and from citizens to policymakers. Through partnerships, we connect to bigger conversations, learn from diverse wisdom, and communicate to those who can make the most impact. Find out about our partnerships below.

Anti-racism Fellowship Programme – a partnership between the Food Ethics Council and food justice group the Blueprint Architects (who are hosted by Platform London). This programme, organised by Feedback, seeks to build structural change in the progressive food and farming sector by centring BPOC leadership and fostering new cross-sector partnerships between environmental and social justice organisations. As part of the programme, we are co-hosting a BPOC fellow for several months to explore how to empower BPOC and working-class communities to lead a just transition towards reparative, decolonial and community-led food systems.

Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming – we are an observer to the alliance, but also get involved in a wide range of activities. Our exec director, Dan, sits on Sustain’s farming working group. Sustain is a powerful alliance of organisations and communities working together for a better system of food, farming and fishing, and cultivating the movement for change.

Eating Better Alliance – we have been a longstanding member since the launch of the alliance; we were also the catalyst for its formation, with former Food Ethics Council exec director going on to set it up. Eating Better is an alliance of sixty organisations working to accelerate the transition from producing and eating too much meat and dairy to a fairer, healthier and more sustainable food system that is better for animal welfare and for nature.

Belfast Sustainable Food Partnership – our senior delivery lead Beth is co-chair for the partnership. Belfast SFP is an active, diverse and dynamic city-wide partnership representing all parts of the food system, which works collaboratively and compassionately to deliver a shared programme of work and learning that nourishes a more resilient food system in Belfast. 

CLEAR Consortium – we are part of 40+ organisations that work to promote the importance of regulating food labelling. As part of the CLEAR consortium, we advocate for clear and transparent food labelling that empowers individuals with better options from which to make informed choices, supports businesses to make more sustainable sourcing decisions, and incentivises farmers and producers to be part of the change.

Food Talks – a partnership with Impact Hub London, Organico and London Food Links (part of Sustain); we work to coordinate and host a series of innovative, challenging and inspiring talks, both in person and online, exploring current topics in food and farming.  

Food Learning Forum – our senior delivery lead Beth sits on the steering group for the Food Learning Forum, a peer network of national food and farming organisations which is both an important way to support and steward the sector, and a strategic way to keep food citizenship and participation on the food agenda. 

Groceries Code Action Network – we are part of a coalition of food and farming organisations committed to advocating for a fair and equitable food supply chain that upholds the dignity and livelihood of farmers and producers, both domestically and internationally.

Our exec director Dan also sits on the following groups: 

  • Defra Consumer Stakeholder Group
  • Food Standards Agency Consumer Stakeholder Forum
  • External Advisory Board of the Global Food & Environment Institute at University of Leeds 
  • Hunger & Hardship Group  

 

Insights & Opinion

Blog

Security, connection & urgency: young people share their priorities for the food system

Read about our youth panel held at our 25th Anniversary event.

Tesni Clare
22 Jun 2023
Blog

Food is everything: Join for Belfast food stories

Beth Bell of Belfast Sustainable Food Partnership talks about the upcoming ‘Belfast Food Stories’ event at Imagine! 2024.

Beth Bell
12 Mar 2024
Food Talk

Rolling the dice with regenerative farming?

Our Executive Director, Dan Crossley, reflects on the latest Food Talks

Dan Crossley
25 Apr 2024