This report looks at one of the ways that very large amounts of public money are invested in enterprise, infrastructure and communities across the UK – Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
In this report, the Sustain alliance argues for food, farming and fishing to have greater recognition within LEPs' priorities – and by the enterprises and communities that need financial support – as a key way of achieving multiple objectives.
Sustainable, healthy food and farming enterprises offer many economic and sustainability benefits yet have in most cases been developed without specific LEP involvement and funding. The benefits that better food and farming enterprises can deliver are very much in line with current Government priorities and commitments on sustainability, public health and with the goals of LEPs.
Targeting investment to drive a resilient, fair, sustainable system of food, farming and fishing should be a priority. LEPs have a key role in delivering this: fast becoming a focus for investment, they could revitalise infrastructure in local food systems which has been under-resourced for decades. Ensuring smaller food businesses are able to thrive by securing funding, infrastructure, support and training could help sustain and create jobs whilst also driving more sustainability and resilience in the food and farm economy. This report makes a number of recommendations for LEPs and local organisations and businesses in order to support and harness the potential to deliver more sustainable, equitable economic growth and jobs through food and farming.
Sustainable Food Places
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Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.