About this Pillar


Why we want this

Major transformations to the food system are needed to ensure we have a just and sustainable food system that can deliver healthy diets for all – both globally and here in the UK. Bold and ambitious policy thinking at international, national and local levels will be essential. Though we can all individually make small changes to what we eat to improve our health and the health of the planet, only Governments and powerful international policy-making organisations have the potential to drive the structural changes that are so urgently required.

What we are asking

At a national level we want to see policy changes that support a shift towards healthy, sustainable diets that are affordable and accessible for all. This includes policy for better children’s food, increased fruit and veg consumption, improved food business transparency, healthy and sustainable food environments, and reduced food insecurity and dietary inequalities.

Our international work involves city authorities, young people and the private sector. We are working with them because we want to generate effective multi-stakeholder collaborations; more youth, business and local governments implementing projects and policies on food systems transformation within their own communities; and more food system actors making public commitments and calling on policy makers to help fix our global food system.

How we are helping

We support policy-making by generating robust data and evidence, communicating this effectively to policy makers, and convening impacted stakeholders to explore practical policy solutions. We advocate for change by building effective relationships with decision makers, and by mobilising the public, civil society coalitions, the media, respected public figures and parliamentarians. We hold policy makers to account by transparently reporting on policy progress. And we engage with citizens, young people, cities and businesses, equipping them with knowledge, tools and a platform to share their stories and have their voices heard.

Research & Evidence

We conduct research to demonstrate the scale of the problems facing the food system, track progress and help policy makers make evidence-based decisions.

International Initiatives

Our international workstreams mobilise young people, cities and businesses to influence policy change at a global level.

National Initiatives

Our national-level projects seek to positively influence food policy in the UK.

Local Initiatives

We work on projects at a local level within the UK to support effective, local policy-making on food.

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2021 - a seminal year for food policy
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Season 6, Ep. 1 Join Asha and the Food Foundation's young food advocates as they camp out for a weekend of growth, learning and creativity at Valley Fest in Somerset. As they develop their understanding of food system transformation and their advocacy and campaigning skills in a fun and engaging environment, they're inspired by business leaders, campaigners, politicians, and policy makers, as well as young food advocates, activists, artists and entrepreneurs.   
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100 young activists aged between 14 and 24 attended the first ever Youth4Food Activism event at Valleyfest, Somerset from Saturday 31st July to Sunday 1st August.
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