The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission visit Plymouth
The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action. One expression of this work is the RSA’s Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, a major, two-year independent inquiry funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The Commission’s goal is to achieve a safe, secure, inclusive food and farming system for the UK, a flourishing rural economy and a sustainable and accessible countryside.
To this end, the Commission aims to help us think afresh about where our food comes from, how we support farming and rural communities, and how we invest in the many benefits the countryside provides. The UK’s departure from the EU makes this even more essential. Launched in November 2017, the Commission includes a core project team, chaired by Sir Ian Cheshire and fourteen commissioners.
In pursuit of its objectives, the RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission is running an extensive programme of research and engagement. The Commission is thereby establishing a compelling mandate for change across our food system, farming sector and in rural communities. This includes shaping a long term vision for the future that’s fairer, stands the test of time and aligns more closely with changing public values and expectations. It will also propose solutions to achieve the vision, identifying where communities and businesses can take a lead and where a national policy framework is required.
In this vein, the RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission is convening different kinds of conversations, bringing together citizens, producers, businesses and academics from different sectors and with diverse perspectives, working together to find common purpose, creating new possibilities for action and achieve the mandate for change. The Commission has been travelling by bike to listen to communities since April 2018, supporting locally-led inquiries in Cumbria, Devon and Lincolnshire.
The great news is that the Commission is visiting Plymouth as part of its work in Devon.
One of the highlights of this visit will be a public event at Devonport Guildhall on the evening of Tuesday 18th September.
Spaces are limited, so please book your place below
Food Plymouth has been part of the Commission’s engagement process since the pre-launch phase. We are therefore delighted to be supporting the Commission’s visit to the City. Please follow our social media channels below for additional information as it unfolds. You can also keep up to date with the Commission on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
Download the RSA Food, Farming & Countryside Commission prospectus or Read the prospectus online