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The 2018 City Food Policy Symposium – Connecting people with food policy




The 2018 City Food Policy Symposium will explore how gathering evidence of lived experiences of food challenges - how citizens and communities experience, explain and respond to them - can inform more effective, equitable and empowering policy solutions.

Participants, including guests from government, NGOs, research, business and those in civil society will have the opportunity to discuss why evidence of experiences is important in crafting effective policy solutions to problems disproportionately affecting marginalised populations, such as food insecurity; obesity, diet-related ill health and malnutrition; food related environmental degradation; and precarious work.

The morning session will include short presentations by experts concerned with different aspects of food – from obesity to food insecurity, the informal food economy to farming - about how these inclusive approaches can make food policy and food systems more effective and equitable.  We will learn from experiences in the UK and internationally, from countries rich and poor.

In the afternoon participants will be invited to take part in workshops where we will devise specific strategies to to ensure the evidence of lived experiences is being used effectively to address real world problems in food policy following the principles of human-centered design. These afternoon workshops will feature the process of gathering and translating evidence of experience from:

  • the public  (with a focus on developing a national food policy for the UK post-Brexit)
  • marginalised groups (with a focus on how to effectively address food poverty, malnutrition, obesity and diet-related diseases, nationally and internationally)
  • the food system workforce (with a focus on creating more inclusive food economies for farmers and labour on the land, nationally and internationally).

The output of the symposium will be a report bringing together a shared understanding of the value of gathering evidence of lived experiences and how this evidence can be most effectively translated into transformative action.

Speakers will be announced shortly and all delegates will be invited to a reception following the main event. In the meantime book your place now to avoid disappointment.

This event is genourously supported by the Worshipful Company of Cooks.

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9.30am - 5.00pmWednesday 25th April 2018

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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