The Birmingham Food Council CIC is independent, a critical friend to the socio-political set-up.
We focus our limited resources on important matters that don’t get much attention or airtime. Perhaps remarkably this currently means the space where the £-value and power is, i.e. between farm gate and retail outlet.
Within that space, we focus on the economics of the food network, also food safety, integrity and assurance, plus the role we can play in responding to the strategic challenges of food security whether at a global, national or city level.
In 2017-18, we ran our first horizon scanning project; see the project report Back from the Future. In summary, the UK food system is under threat. Yet few appear aware of highly probable scenarios over the next few years. So we developed a scenarios tool for socio-political decision-makers, called simply The Game.
- NOTE: One of the Players of The Game is the Operations Director of a major fresh produce wholesaler.
- He called on 17th March 2020 to talk about what’s happening deep within their part of the food supply network because of Covid-19, and to say how nothing is surprising him: The Game is playing out in front of our eyes. We’re in it.
We also commission other ‘narrativium’ projects, curated under the leadership of Ian Sergeant. They all have particular emphasis on engaging the upcoming generation to help us communicate the important issues we raise.
The info-diagram below is a summary of our focus in 2019. It includes the significant activities and projects we’re doing now, and some of our previous work that is relevant to it.
This link is to a PDF version which has links relevant info on this website. (note: Not all items are linked to a page.)
Our Annual Reports and accounts are published here.
We also collate reports and papers by other people and organisation which you can access here.