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The 2019 City Food Policy Symposium - How to develop and deliver a national food policy: a global perspective




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With political windows opening for national food policies in the UK and globally, the 2019 City Food Policy Symposium will explore what lessons have been learned about their development and delivery and the benefits and pitfalls of taking an inclusive and integrated approach.

  • Learn about the case for a national food policy and the potential pitfalls and challenges.
  • Hear presentations about recent efforts in the UK and around the world to develop and deliver integrated approaches to food policy at the national and city level.
  • In smaller workshop groups, devise strategies and tactics for taking an inclusive approach to moving forward.


9.30am – 10.00am: Arrival and registration with coffee

Welcome and background

10.00am - 10.15am: Towards a national food policy for every country
Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London

10.15am - 10.30am: A new national food strategy for England: the state of play
Henry Dimbleby, Non-Executive Director, UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

10.30am – 12.00pm: Short talks: what can be learned from international experiences?

European Union, A Common Food Policy for the EU

Professor Olivier de Schutter, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research in Legal Sciences, University of Louvain, and Co-Chair, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) (by video)

France, Etats Généraux de l'Alimentation
Clément Cheissoux, Programme Manager, Sustainable Food Systems France, Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation

Sweden, A National Food Strategy for Sweden
Anna-Karin Quetel, nutritionist and coordinator of the national Centre of competence for meals in schools, healthcare and social services

England, The Brighton and Hove Food Strategy
Emily O'Brien, Brighton and Hove Food Partnership

Brazil, Belo Horizonte’s Food and Nutrition Security Policy
Professor Cecilia Rocha, Director, School of Nutrition, Ryerson University and Research Associate, Centre for Studies in Food Security, Canada (by video)

India, National Food Security Act
Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director, Amnesty International; former Principal Advisor to the Supreme Court Commissioner on the Right to Food, India (by video)

South Africa, National Policy for Food and Nutrition Security
Dr Mjabuliseni Ngidi, Lecturer, University of University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Zambia, National Food and Nutrition Policy 
Dr Jody Harris, Post-doctoral Fellow, Institute of Development Studies

Scotland, Good Food Nation
Pete Ritchie, Director, Nourish Scotland

12.00pm -12.30pm: Questions for the speakers and audience participatory vote

12.30pm -1.45pm: Lunch and Coffee

1.45pm - 3.15pm: Workshops: How to develop and deliver a national food policy


The workshops will used methods which foster shared learning to develop new insights to inform the development and delivery of national food policies anywhere in the world. The workshops will also be an opportunity to test and refine workshopping methods that could be used to facilitate public participation in the process of developing national food policies. The recommendations stemming from the workshops will, along with the learnings from the rest of the Symposium, be included in the Symposium Report on “How to develop and deliver a national food policy: a global perspective.”

  • Workshop One - Creating a shared vision for a National Food Policy (Room C309)
  • Workshop Two –Building bridges: Using a national food policy to connect different food issues (Room CLG55)
  • Workshop Three - Overcoming barriers to the development and delivery of a national food policy (Room C315)
  • Workshop Four - Learning lessons from efforts to enable public participation in the development of integrated food policies at the regional, national and city-level (Room B200)
  • Workshop Five - What do international efforts to take an integrated, multisectoral, approach to addressing nutrition teach us about how to develop and deliver a coherent national food policy? (Room C313)
  • Workshop Six - Making the case for a National Food Strategy: developing a Theory of Change (Room C310)
  • Workshop Seven. Measurable outcomes for a National Food Strategy (Room C312)
  • Workshop Eight. What will be the contested areas in the development of a National Food Strategy and how to manage them? (Room BG02)

3.15pm – 3.45pm: Coffee Break

3.45pm – 4.00pm: How ready is England for a national food policy?
Presentation by Dr Kelly Parsons, Research Fellow, Centre for Food Policy

4.00pm - 5.45pm: Panel - A national food strategy for England

Minette Batters
President, National Farmers Union

Tim Smith
Industry consultant and former Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency

Ruth Davies

Sarah Bradbury
Group Quality Director, Tesco PLC

Alison Tedstone
Deputy Director Diet and Obesity, and Chief Nutritionist, Public Health England

Jyoti Fernandes
Landworkers Alliance

Ben Reynolds
Deputy Chief Executive, Sustain

Followed by a chaired discussion of the emerging issues and questions from the audience.

5.45pm – 6.00pm: Closing Remarks

Anna Taylor OBE, Executive Director, The Food Foundation and Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy

6pm - 7pm - Networking Reception

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Worshipful Company of Cooks.

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When and where

9.30am - 5.30pmTuesday 30th April 2019

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London 10 Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

Contact Details

City Events Team

+44 (0)20 7040 8037

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