06 February 2024

Policy co-design workshop to strengthen short food supply chains

Inform policy on priorities and investments

The National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) is holding a co-design workshop to inform regional and national policy on priorities and investments to support the Government’s efforts to accelerate the transition to healthier and more sustainable food systems.

Part of NICRE research to gain a better understanding of the infrastructure requirements for establishing successful short food supply chains, the event aims to mobilise evidence and co-produce policy recommendations to help address these needs and strengthen local food economies.

Knowledge exchange

The workshop, organised by researchers at Newcastle University and the Countryside and Community Research Institute, will bring together experts from business and food sector networks, community and third sector organisations, government bodies and academia.

There is limited availability to attend the event which takes place on 20 February, 10.30am-4.15pm at the University of Warwick, Coventry. Find out more and register here.

Barbara Tocco, Senior Research Associate and Centre Manager at NICRE, said “This participatory workshop will be a great opportunity to bring together experts from different sectors, disciplines and places to exchange knowledge and find out about our latest evidence on the infrastructure needs for short food supply chains.

“Our aim is to mobilise knowledge which can unlock opportunities to build, and better support, localised food systems, while agreeing on the policy priorities to better address regional and national challenges.

“We’ll be running co-design activities on the day and are keen to ensure a good representation from agri-food practitioners, government-level agencies and community organisations, and would encourage people from these sectors in particular to get involved.”

Please contact Barbara Tocco at barbara.tocco@newcastle.ac.uk with any queries. The workshop is supported by Newcastle University's Policy Support Fund.