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
Background: For more than 40 years, the UK Food Group (UKFG) has provided a unique platform for civil society organisations working on environmental, food and farming issues in the UK and in the global South to come together to articulate and promote more sustainable, just, equitable and localised food systems. During this time the UKFG Read more about UK Food Group – Transitioning Planning Process[…]
Using figures published by the UK Department of International Development (DFID), this study published in the Journal Sustainability finds that despite overwhelming evidence in favour of agroecology as an option for agricultural development, UK development aid barely supports it. The study shows for the first time that aid for agroecological projects is less than 5% of Read more about UK Aid does not fund agroecology[…]
A “Taster” workshop to share case studies of successful applications of permaculture design principles in international development work is being organised in the run-up to a 5-day training course in September 2018 entitled “Permaculture for Development Workers”, The workshop aims to stimulate discussion into the contribution of permaculture to international development and humanitarian initiatives. It will Read more about Permaculture and International Development[…]
Everyday Experts – How Peoples Knowledge Can Transform the Food System is a recently published open access edited book from the Centre of Agroecology Water and Resilience of Coventry University. The book explains how knowledge built up through first-hand experience can help solve the crises in our food system – at home and abroad. It Read more about People’s knowledge transforming the food system[…]
Global Food Governance. Between corporate control and shaky democracy is a new policy brief from the Development and Peace Fondation (sef) that looks at the potentials of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) for innovative global policy making. The author -Nora McKeon- looks at the characteristics, challenges and potential of the CFS as a Read more about Global Food Governance. Between corporate control and shaky democracy[…]
The promise of sustainable and inclusive agriculture transformation is a new publication produced by CAFOD and Christian Aid. Agricultural transformation has become a development priority for African governments and the international development community. In this report, CAFOD and Christian Aid show why agricultural transformation is fundamental to a permanent end to hunger and poverty in Africa but highlight Read more about New report on sustainable and inclusive agricultural transformation[…]
The UK Food Group organised a successful session on “Localised food systems: ensuring UK policies strengthen healthy food provision and food sovereignty here and abroad” at this year’s Oxford Real Farming Conference. Over 2 days the conference was attended by more than 950 farmers, growers, academics, scientists, economists and activists. Our session was chaired Nora Read more about Localised food systems discussed at the Oxford Real Farming Conference[…]
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[…]