Feeding Regions: Turning Plans into Action

Manchester Metropolitan University and Oldham Council have been working together to help support the sustainable food agenda in Greater Manchester. We would like to invite you to our event ‘Feeding Regions: Turning plans into action’ to showcase what has already been achieved and to ask you for further input to help shape the next steps.

The event will take place at the People’s History Museum on Wednesday 23rd October and we will be joined by our international partners who will share their own approaches to improving regional policy and supporting more sustainable food systems.

The day will include presentations covering issues including Greater Manchester’s commitments through the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and recent developments in food policy at a national and EU level. We invite delegates to work with us to help turn plans into action through a series of parallel interactive workshops that will focus on key areas including:

  • Getting Food Growing: developing large scale projects to transform urban growing
  • Making the Business Case: supporting food businesses to adopt more sustainable practices
  • Working Together: collaborative strategies to make food better in our city-regions

We really value your input and the event is free to attend, supported by the Food Chains 4EU project and the Interreg Europe Programme.

Please register to attend the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feeding-regions-turning-plans-into-action-tickets-73576365891 

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Lessons for Working Collaboratively — How to make a just food future: alternative foodways for a changing world

Agatha Herman reflects on the closing workshop of the How to make a just food future: alternative foodways for a changing world conference sponsored by University of Sheffield Sustainable Food Futures, The RGS-IBG Food Geographies Working Group, and The Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. 

In this final workshop of the How to Make a Just Food Future conference, participants (appropriately) worked collaboratively to identify common themes in their experiences of collaborative working. This started through paired discussions around past frustrations, successes, challenges and pleasures, which resulted in key statements around these being written on post-its. These were stuck to [click on link to read more]

Lessons for Working Collaboratively — HOW TO MAKE A JUST FOOD FUTURE: alternative foodways for a changing world

How to Make a Just Food Future: Alternative Foodways for a Changing World

University of Sheffield, UK, 8th-10th July 2019
Sponsored by the RGS-IBG Food Geographies Working Group (FGWG), the University of Sheffield and the University of Sheffield Research Institute for Sustainable Food Futures (SheFF).

Conference website:
https://justfoodfutures2019.wordpress.com

Over 2.5 days, the conference will include practitioner- academic- artist -governance panels, paper sessions, field visits, creative responses and more. We are very pleased to announce Professor Julian Agyeman, from Tufts University as our keynote speaker, plus interventions from Gary Stott (Incredible Edible) and Barbara Benish, internationally recognised artist, environmental campaigner and farmer. ‘How to Make a Just Food Future’ draws on FGWG members’ Participatory and Action Research connections with food partnerships local to Sheffield and from across the UK, as well as with UK wide bodies addressing current food issues, from food surplus redistribution to post-Brexit UK food production and much more. Drawing on ideas of social justice, care, political ecologies, translocality, intersectionality and the role of non-humans to offer timely and innovative interventions, it will develop spaces for collaboration and conversation in which to imagine socially just food futures and map out the personal and collective journeys that are needed to reach them.

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Workshop: Cultures, Behaviours and Histories of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition, UKRI GCRF Collective Programme

08 March 2019, Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Rd, Bloomsbury, London NW1 2BE  

This workshop is the first part of an interdisciplinary programme which will support the development of international research partnerships focussed on the intersection of culture, history, and society with all stages of the food systems chain, from production through to consumption and policy, in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

The Programme aims to contribute to the development of the GCRF Food Systems challenge portfolio as a part of the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme. It is designed to be a part of a challenge-led, internationally collaborative and interdisciplinary programme delivered by UK Research and Innovation and steered by the GCRF Challenge Leaders. Whilst the AHRC is leading on this programme, it is intended to support cross-disciplinary working and applicants from all relevant disciplines are encouraged to participate.

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RGS-IBG FGWG Dissertation Prize

The FGWG is pleased to offer a 1st place Undergraduate Dissertation Prize of £ 100 and a 2nd place of £ 50. The prize is open to any currently registered undergraduate student at a UK university and will be awarded to the dissertations that exhibit the best overall contributions to the wide range of issues relating to Food Geographies. The dissertation should be of first class standard and be submitted by the students Department (Head or nominated representative) and with the student’s knowledge. Continue reading “RGS-IBG FGWG Dissertation Prize”

Symposium: Sharing the Burden of Supermarket Food Waste. Towards Sustainability and a Circular Economy?

Wednesday 27th June 2018,
Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield
Symposium Chairs: Dr John Lever, Dr Fiona Cheetham and Prof. Morven McEachern

This one-day symposium is hosted by SURGE’s Sustainable & Resilient Communities research group in Huddersfield Business School. The conference aims to bring together NGOs, business and academics interested in the area of food waste and the circular economy. The circular economy is gaining momentum and is seen by some as solving the issues created by our ‘traditional’ linear economy (take, make, use, dispose… with waste and pollution at every stage). This symposium will explore how, to what extent, and in what ways donations of food waste helps to address the challenges posed by sustainability and the notion of a circular economy.  Continue reading “Symposium: Sharing the Burden of Supermarket Food Waste. Towards Sustainability and a Circular Economy?”

The role of cities in delivering food security and sustainability outcomes: a social-ecological perspective

This workshop aims to co-produce new knowledge around how different cities tackle sustainability and food security challenges by analysing their distinct social-ecological configurations and their diverse food policies and governance systems. This participative space will include international experts and practitioners and will be restricted to 20 participants. This workshop is linked to the event “The new urban food agenda”. Continue reading “The role of cities in delivering food security and sustainability outcomes: a social-ecological perspective”

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