Food poverty, food insecurity

Too many Birmingham citizens don’t have access to nutritious food. Some wards are considered ‘food deserts’; i.e. it’s impossible to buy good food locally.

We’re also a city facing significant economic deprivation in many quarters. The rise of the number of food banks is evidence of this.

Below are our blogposts about food poverty and food insecurity. See also useful info on the topic here.

Aiming for the narrow space between complacency and impotent terror or despair

Posted on 16th January 2018 by Caroline Hutton

There is a narrow space between on one side being jolted out of complacency and on the other, impotent terror or despair. And, Kate’s talk at the Impact Hub meeting on ‘Feeding the City’ missed that space. This is sad, because we need to understand what the future could bring.

House Lords EU Committee on Brexit: deal or no deal . . . the agri-food sector

Posted on 7th December 2017 by Kate Cooper

The latest of the House of Lords EU Committee’s excellent reports is Brexit: deal or no deal. One of the case studies,  the agri-food sector, is copied below. A warning: The prospect of no deal with regard to our food supply and the agri-food sector, is scary:

Food poverty, food insecurity? A city level response is possible

Posted on 1st April 2017 by Kate Cooper

During an eight-month project from March-October 2015 funded by Barrow Cadbury, we asked: Is it possible to have an effective city-level response to the drivers of emergency food aid? (The answer is yes.) And, if so, what does it look like?

The risk of food security is real and pressing – food expert

Posted on 28th November 2016 by Dan Slee

Food security is not an abstract issue it poses risks, an eminent food researcher says. John Crawford from Rothamstead, the world’s leading agricultural research centre says that a series of problems are posed to the world by people not being able to source food. The issue is consistently in the top five of issues, he […]

Why is there acute hunger in the UK and what is to be done about it?

Posted on 19th November 2015 by Su Balu

Birmingham Food Council Director and member of the Fabian Society’s Commission on Food and Poverty, John Middleton, has published interesting insights on food poverty in a bmj blog.

Food aid: what we can learn from India?

Posted on 18th November 2015 by Su Balu

India’s Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS) aims to provide subsidised food to 800 million people – 67% of India’s population, 10% of the entire world population…

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