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Local community food systems: Making our food more sustainable and resilient

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What’s on offer?

In this online event, we will learn about community food systems from a panel of researchers and practitioners who work with them. For the first half of the event we will listen as the speakers share their experiences and insights into the work, benefits and challenges of community-based food systems. Afterwards we will get the chance to ask questions and reflect on what opportunities community food systems may provide for us.

What’s it about?

The pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of our global food system and driven many of us to look for more local, resilient and sustainable alternatives. Community food systems, such as community-supported agriculture and food hubs, have experienced a strong rise in demand over the past year because they promise to offer such alternatives. By building closer relationships between local producers and consumers, these systems offer support for small-scale sustainable food production, while giving people access to healthy, seasonal food from trusted sources. They also greatly shorten the supply chain which lowers their environmental impact.

Who’s leading the event?

This event is organised and chaired by Dr Bernd Bonfert, Research Associate at the Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research and Data in Cardiff. Speakers include: - Tony Little (Resilient and Local Food Systems Coordinator) - Dr Amber Wheeler (The Food Foundation) - Gerald Miles (CSA Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture) - Dr Giaime Berti, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa (Italian Local Food Policies Network, Food Council of Livorno)

Open to

Everyone is welcome to attend this event.