- Self-organising Action for Food Equity (SAFE) is a 2 year research project (running until December 2019) with practical aims
- It covers 3 cities: Sheffield, Greater Manchester and Gothenburg, all of which are developing comprehensive food strategies
- It aims to address the lack of understanding on how best to organise, harmonise and capitalise on the energy of separate food projects in each city
- It will learn, evaluate and share insights on how expertise and information in our urban food systems is collected, presented and shared using ‘digital infrastructure’
Sheffield, Greater Manchester and Gothenburg are at pivotal points regarding their food systems, as all at various stages of developing comprehensive food strategies. Numerous food based initiatives and networks exist in each city region. However, like most cities internationally, there is a lack of understanding on how best to organise, harmonise and capitalise on the energy of these separate projects. A significant barrier to such coordination is that food is a cross-cutting issue that spans social, ecological, economic, political, cultural, technical, and climatic arenas, and often falls through the cracks between different areas of urban responsibility.
This project will bring together people with different interests and backgrounds to learn, evaluate and share insights on how expertise and information in our urban food systems is collected, presented and shared using digital infrastructure.
The key project aims are:
- Increase participation in initiatives which enhance food quality, affordability and accessibility
- Give a more coherent voice to the people involved in their local food ‘ecosystem’, which will allow them to exert pressure and influence for change
- Improve social networking and sharing of knowledge and physical resources (e.g. expertise, tools, time, land) between different initiatives, creating a stronger urban food ecosystem