Funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we are running an extensive programme of research and engagement. As a result, we will establish a compelling mandate for change across our food system, farming sector and in rural communities; shaping a long term vision for the future that's fairer, stands the test of time and aligns more closely with changing public values and expectations; and propose solutions to achieve the vision, identifying where communities and businesses can take a lead and where a national policy framework is required.
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.