Stories from the third week on the road for the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission.
As the UK embarks upon the process of exiting the EU, it’s become essential to think afresh about where our food comes from, how we support farming and rural communities, and how we invest in the many benefits the countryside provides.
This Commission is convening different kinds of conversations, bringing together citizens, producers, businesses and academics from different sectors and with diverse perspectives. We are working together to find common purpose, create new possibilities for action, and achieve a mandate for change. The goal is a safe, secure, inclusive food and farming system for the UK, a flourishing rural economy and a sustainable and accessible countryside.
We are travelling by bike to listen to rural communities, from April to November. The Commission is supporting locally-led inquiries in Cumbria, Devon and Lincolnshire, and leadership groups to convene inquiries in the devolved nations of the UK.
In late April we published our review of current policy proposals that aim to improve our food, farming and countryside. Until 31st May you can tell us what you think of these, and submit your own practical and radical ideas that will address things that really matter to people.
Our approach is designed to convene different kinds of conversations and create new possibilities for action, overseen by an expert Research Advisory Group. The secretariat is reviewing existing proposals and will be inviting feedback as well as new ideas from 25 April. We are travelling by bike to listen to rural communities from April to November. The Commission is supporting locally-led action research in Cumbria, Devon and Lincolnshire, and leadership groups to convene inquiries in the devolved nations of the UK. We will publish an interim report in October 2018.
Published in November 2017, this illustrated report establishes the changing context of food, farming and the countryside.
A review of the policy landscape, inviting feedback and new ideas that will improve things that really matter to people
Covering the whole UK, listening to people’s stories, their hopes, their concerns and what really matters to them about where they live
Leadership groups are convening inquiries on questions relevant for them, and contributing to UK-wide questions
Action research in Cumbria, Devon and Lincolnshire to generate examples of new and good practices, and test the limits of what can be achieved locally.
Convening new conversations and shaping policy debates
Interim Report – October 2018 Final Report – March 2019
Validate our mandate for change through surveys of UK public opinion on key issues
Most importantly, we urgently need to ask ourselves: what kind of country do we want to be, and what do we, as citizens, really want from our food, farming and countryside?