Inaugural event to explore value of closer food & farm networks in Wales

Inaugural event to explore value of closer food & farm networks in Wales
Slade Farm (credit: Polly Davies)

The economical and health impacts of stronger rural and urban food and farming communities in the face of environmental and political uncertainly will be addressed at the inaugural Wales Real Food and Farming Conference (WRFFC).

The conference aims to look in detail at how a closer network of food producers and community groups can work together to locally and nationally better address public health and environmental concerns.

WRFFC will welcome delegates and speakers from food and farm businesses and directors of civil and private institutions, including the Welsh Government, RSA Food, Farming & Countryside Commission and the Sustainable Food Trust.

“We need to consider food production in the context of the whole food supply system and this event is an opportunity for all the players, whether producers, processors, distributors, retailers or consumers, to develop strong networks and change our approach together,” says Dr Sarah Watson-Jones, co-organiser of WRFFC and lecturer at BioInnovation Wales.

“Taking a circular economy approach helps to build a resilient, healthy and resource-aware food system, reducing waste and generating new income streams.”

WRFFC co-organiser and countryside manager at RSPB Cymru, Arfon Williams says food producers have a vital role to play in restoring and maintaining our natural environment and they must be supported.

“With huge uncertainties and challenges facing nature, climate and the economy, this conference provides a chance for our community to come together, be proud of what we’re all doing and show how we can help each other.”

WRFFC takes place on 11 and 12 November 2019 at Aberystwyth University.