Enhancing the Impact of Sustainable Urban Food Strategies

To strengthen our work with cities and measure the positive impact of creating sustainable food systems, we are collaborating with Cardiff University to develop a toolbox to measure success and make the case for local sustainable food programmes. We hope this tool will help city governments and communities as they strive to drive change in the food system at a time of austerity.

This action-based research project launched in September 2015 focuses on the input from grassroots stakeholders from different UK geographies, as well as a close collaboration between Sustainable Food Cities and Cardiff University academics.

Find out more about Enhancing the Impact of Sustainable Urban Food Strategies 

Draft toolbox

Download the draft toolbox currently under consultation Making the case and measuring progress: towards a systems approach to healthy and sustainable food


We held a webinar in December 2016 where we discussed this toolbox. It will take you through the different elements of it, how it could be used and how we came to develop it.

Listen to a recording and view presentations here

If you have questions, please contact Alizée Marceau amarceau@soilassociation.org


The project has developed around a series of workshops to define what constitutes success for an urban food strategy and select the most relevant indicators to guide action towards that goal. The workshops took place in:

• Cardiff on the 5th of November 2015
• London on the 2nd of December 2015-
read an account of the workshop
• Edinburgh on the 10th of February 2016
• Liverpool on the 22nd of March 2016


Prosperi, P.; Moragues-Faus, A.; Sonnino, R. and Devereux, C. (2015) Measuring progress towards sustainable food cities: Sustainability and food security indicators Report of the ESRC financed Project “Enhancing the Impact of Sustainable Urban Food Strategies”.

If you have further questions about the project please contact: 

Principal Investigator Dr. Ana Moragues Faus MoraguesFausA1@cardiff.ac.uk
Sustainable Food Cities Network Alizee Marceau amarceau@soilassociation.org


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk 

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