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Edwards, F., Sonnino, R., Lopez Cifuentes, M., and Parzonko, H. (2023). Matrix of type and composition of food policy networks, their transformational capacity and their engagement with deprived and vulnerable groups. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.22261.35041

Description: Recent years have seen the emergence of novel collaborations between key food system actors, many of whom seek to change policy towards food system transformation. These networks of food system stakeholders – referred to as Food Policy Networks (FPNs) in this report – exist in diverse compositions around the world. For example, in North America, Food Policy Council (FPC) is the most commonly used term, where alternatively other terms include food councils, coalitions, committees, task forces, alliances, partnerships, boards and steering groups (Santo et al., 2020). To date, no comprehensive review has been conducted of the diversity of their compositional forms, their impact on vulnerable and marginal groups, or their capacity to instigate transformation in the food system. This report contributes to Task 2.2 of the EU FoodCLIC project and is led by the University of Surrey. It reviews literature on FPNs through an innovative focus on: 1. The composition of diverse types of FPNs, 2. Attention to the mechanisms that have been deployed to enhance participation of representatives from vulnerable and deprived groups; and, 3. Highlights their capacity to initiate and support change in the urban food environment as a leverage point to transform the city-regional food system. Insights from this task are synthesised into a matrix with global geographical coverage, with examples from North America, Asia, Africa, Europe and beyond to showcase the diversity and location of these FPNs. Furthermore, text boxes of detailed FPN examples are provided throughout the report to emphasise their important characteristics, such as their composition, age, scale, location and topic, their focus on vulnerable and marginal groups and their transformational capacity. By synthesising this research into the matrix and the text boxes, this report will form the basis of discussion for knowledge-sharing workshops with the FoodCLIC Living Lab teams (based in Åarhus, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brașov, Budapest, Capannori and Lisbon) to support the development and scaling-up of empowered FPNs (in WP3). It will also provide a base from which to identify a sample of different types of FPNs for interviews and case studies for subsequent research within this project (as part of Task 2.2).

Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/376642562_Matrix_of_type_and_composition_of_food_policy_networks_their_transformational_capacity_and_their_engagement_with_deprived_and_vulnerable_groups