UK Food Group
The UK Food Group is a network of around 50 development, environment, farmer and academic organisations in the UK working on global food and agriculture issues. The diversity of our membership gives us a unique, dynamic and holistic perspective on food and agriculture issues.
The UK Food Group works to strengthen advocacy in the UK, the EU, the UN and other international bodies for a global food system that can achieve our vision.
We are in solidarity with the networks of those most vulnerable to hunger, including movements of small-scale farmers, herders and fishers in the global South. We support their right to be part of decision making in the global food system at all levels.
We always try to identify the underlying causes of problems in the global food system.
We want to let everyone know about the many great examples of sustainable and fair approaches to agriculture and local food systems that exist. We will also speak out against unjust and environmentally reckless approaches to food and agriculture.
Home page image: Shea nuts picked by a local farmer in northern Ghana. Photo by Ruth Leavett for the Gaia Foundation
Localised food systems: ensuring UK policies strengthen healthy food provision and food sovereignty here and abroad The 2018 Oxford Real Farming Conference will be held in the Oxford Town Hall on 4th & 5th January. The UK Food Group will be present in this unique gathering of the UK’s sustainable and organic food and farming movements. Read more about Localised food systems discussed at the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018[…]
Civil Society Mechanism Public panels and side events at the CFS44 The Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) for relations to the 44th UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is organising the following events. If you are attending the CFS44 make a note of the following: Public Panel 1: “The political situation and the future of Read more about Civil Society Mechanism panels and side events at the CFS44[…]
Hivos, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UN Environment and the Zambian Government invite you to this official side event at the 44th committee for World Food Security meeting (CFS44): “MULTI-STAKEHOLDER ACTION & FOOD DIVERSITY FROM FARM TO PLATE – HOW CAN WE ALIGN GLOBAL RESEARCH ON DIVERSIFYING FOOD PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION WITH LOCAL PERSPECTIVES: Read more about Multi-stakeholder action and food diversity from farm to plate in Zambia[…]
Tearfund organised a learning event last September 5th to launch its publication Saving for a dry-day highlighting the results of six research studies commissioned to assess the impact of Tearfund’s approach to Self-Help Groups programming on people living in poverty in the Horn of Africa. Research was undertaken by a variety of external evaluators and Read more about Saving for a dry-day. The role of Self-help Groups in building resilience[…]
The Extinction and Livestock international conference is being held on 5th/6th October 2017 at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, and will examine how we can transform our global food and farming systems to work for people, the planet and animals. World-class speakers will outline the big issues and suggest solutions. The conference will bring together diverse interests and Read more about Extinction and Livestock International Conference[…]
The UK Food Group is holding its annual members’ meeting on July 25th at the premises of the Brooke between 10:30-16:00. This year’s theme is “Beyond the EU:Britain’s impact on local food systems of the Global South”. Professor Michel Pimbert, Director of the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience of Coventry Univerisity will give the keynote Read more about UK Food Group Annual Meeting[…]
Today sees the launch of A People’s Food Policy – a ground-breaking manifesto outlining a people’s vision of food and farming in England that is supported by over 80 food and farming organisations including the UK Food Group. The report draws on 18 months of extensive, nation-wide consultations with grassroots organisations, NGOs, trade unions, community Read more about Launch of “A people’s food policy”[…]
How can your diet change the world? The Women’s Environmental Network FORUM is a quarterly symposium discussing topics of the moment. The Forum will explore how our diets and the choices we make can impact the planet including: How does our diet impact climate change? How do we make our decisions?- organic, fairtrade, buy local, Read more about Sustainable Sustenance Symposium[…]
Sustain’s new briefing presents principles and policies that would deliver better food and farming when the UK leaves the European Common Agriculture Policy. It recommends that the next Government should retain taxpayer support for farmers post-Brexit, but replace the old two pillar EU system with a new four-part deal for farming based on payments for public Read more about New Sustain’s briefing on post-Brexit farming[…]
Marking the International Day for Biological Diversity, Compassion in World Farming’s will launch a new campaign, STOPTHEMACHINE at London’s Natural History Museum on Monday 22 May. STOPTHEMACHINE will demonstrate how lands and waters once teeming with life are now over-farmed, over-fished and denuded to feed billions of farm animals crammed into cruel factory farms. Informed Read more about Stopping the factory farming machine[…]