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Sustain Coronavirus Food Alert Defending our food supply

Keeping farmers in business

credit: miles Willis

credit: miles Willis

Farmers are part of our nation's essential food infrastructure, providing our food and supporting jobs and rural communities. We need to help our farmers stay in business.

Read our advice on five ways to support our farmers. This will be updated with new information when available. 

Food markets are part of our nation's essential food infrastructure, providing food for diverse communities and outlets for many farmers and food producers. The government has confirmed they can stay open. We have collated some of the useful good practice guidance and links here

We are helping to champion the needs of farmers and market outlets, with buyers and policy-makers at local and national level. 

Work on farms - The UK farming and horticulture industry will rely on UK workers this year as the normal seasonal workers from Europe and elsewhere will not be able to travel. See our news page for useful recruitment links and suggestions. ***Update 19 April 2020 - The new government Pick for Britain website is up and running - set up with farm bodies and recruitment agencies -  to connect those seeking seasonal jobs with local farms. Peak jobs from end May through summer until October. Visit it here.*​​​​​**

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Coronavirus Food Alert: Sustain's work on food resilience in the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.We are helping secure food for vulnerable people and supporting local emergency responses.

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