Following issues raised at Devon Strategic Partnership (DSP) workshops and a paper to the board in 2013, the DSP Board mandated a Task and Finish group to be convened to look at the different aspects of food and whether action was required to take a strategic overview.
Over the last twelve months this multi-partnered Food Group has been meeting to look at addressing issues of local food poverty and thinking longer-term about other concerns relating to food, farming and land-use. The group has now produced a report, a copy of which is attached, and at the DSP Board meeting in July it was proposed that this be more widely circulated across the County.
In particular, it was suggested that District Councils, the Health & Well-Being Board, other agencies and MPs be asked to look at this and respond accordingly, with attention drawn especially to the recommendations for actions outlined.
The landscape around food in Devon is one that touches all areas of life in Devon. It is recognised that the diverse aspects of food, from growing, processing and cooking through to access, affordability and food security all impact the lives of people in Devon and its wellbeing and economy. Many people and groups are involved in aspects of food in Devon.
The document and its appendices can be accessed via https://new.devon.gov.uk/devonsp/devon-food-strategy.