Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sustain: The Australian Food Network - towards a food systems that supports the health and well-being of all

From the Food Alliance:


For the past six years, the Food Alliance has been working to support the strengthening of food systems research, policy and practice in Victoria. For the past two years, with the support of VicHealth and the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, the Food Alliance has been working with more than 20 local governments, and other food system stakeholders, to support the formation of a Food Systems Network for Victoria.

We are now excited to announce that this collaboration is entering a new phase. With the continuing support of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, and under a new partnership with the William Angliss Institute, we are launching Sustain: The Australian Food Network. Sustain will continue and expand the work of the Food Alliance, with an enhanced focus on supporting the development and implementation of food policy and practice through community-engaged research support and network development. While based in Victoria, Sustain's scope of work will be national, with two of our first engagements being in Far North Queensland and south-west Western Australia.

The change of name is to reflect this new phase of the Food Alliance journey, which includes incorporation as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with an independent Board of Directors that includes representatives from leading food systems organisations. These include: the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, the City of Melbourne, Melbourne Farmers Markets Association, University of Western Sydney's Institute of Culture and Society, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and William Angliss Institute. The process of incorporation, and associated applications for charitable and deductible gift recipient status, is being supported by city law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler.

The food system in Victoria and nationally is changing rapidly. We look forward to working with community, government and business stakeholders to support and shape this change towards a food systems that supports the health and well-being of all.

Democratising Food Systems - October 19th WORKSHOP
Sustain will be launched at this unique one-day workshop, jointly hosted by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and William Angliss Institute.
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