Food for the Region – Regional Food System Conference

A whole-system event about the future of food in our region, bringing together communities, producers, farmers, businesses and policy-makers
Date: 05/10/2021
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Online
Open to all

Swansea Environmental Forum and 4theRegion are partnering to deliver a major conversation over two days, about the resilience of our regional food system in South West Wales.

PDF Invitation | The Reading Room: Food & Farming

How can we support producers, reduce supply chains, develop climate resilience and improve the health and wellbeing of people, places and planet?

If you eat food, grow food or buy food, this event is for you! Please save the date and register your place to receive updates as our plans develop. We are planning an evening session and a daytime session to maximise access. Please come to both sessions if you possibly can as the content will be different!

With an opening address from Patrick Holden, founder of The Sustainable Food Trust and Julie James MS, Minister for Climate Change,  Welsh Government on the 5th and 6th of October respectively.

FUTURE OF FARMING  The ambition of Welsh farmers is to become world leaders in producing the most climate friendly food from a strong and improving natural asset base.  What does the future of farming look like, who are the winners and losers, and what needs to happen to support the sector and promote sustainability?

CLIMATE & NATURE  The next decade will see big changes to our food system, whether by design or by disaster.  NFU Cymru has set the goal of reaching net zero emissions from farming by 2040.  How can we tackle climate change, soil health and biodiversity loss by changing how and what we farm, produce, transport, eat and waste?

HEALTHY FOOD FOR ALL  Eliminating food poverty, tackling ill health, and improving access to affordable healthy food must be high on the list of priorities for our regional food system.  How can we ensure everyone has access to healthy food, together with the skills and education to take care of their health and wellbeing?

FOOD CONNECTED COMMUNITIES  Building public awareness, shifting mindsets and creating an appetite for local, sustainably produced, healthy food is essential for driving change in the sector.  How can we support local good food movements, engage communities and create active food citizenship?

LAND USE, ACCESS & POLICY Access to land is a challenge for new farmers, while improving land management and land use could capture more carbon and promote biodiversity.  What are the barriers to making more land available to growers and enabling more sustainable land use, what policy changes are needed, and what principles should guide our decisions about how we use our land?

CATERING, RETAILING & PROCUREMENT  Creating resilient local supply chains and improving our regional distribution infrastructure could create huge benefits for our economy, our environment and our health.  How can we transform catering, retailing and public procurement to support local food economies?  And how else can we grow the local market for healthy, sustainable food?

THIS EVENT WILL BE HOSTED ON ZOOM

If you would like to contribute to this event, or have ideas and themes to propose, please email zoe@4theregion.org.uk

More details are available on our website: www.4theRegion.org.uk