GFS-FSR Stakeholder event 2019

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The GFS-FSR 2019 stakeholder event Towards more resilient UK food system outcomes was held at the University of Edinburgh on 4-5 September 2019.

The two-day workshop drew a wide range of stakeholders from across government, academia, NGOs and industry.  It featured a series of interactive workshops, co-delivered by researchers from the 13 GFS-FSR project, working with stakeholders from organisations such as Defra, the National Farmers Union, 3Keel and Obesity Action Scotland.

The first day culminated with a public debate held in conjunction with Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight.

Event programme – 4 September 2019

  • Welcome and Chair: John Ingram, GFS-FSR Coordination Team Leader, University of Oxford
  • Opening address: David Hopkins, Dean of Central Faculty, SRUC and Alan Raybould, Professor of Innovation in the Life Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  •  Talk 1: Fergus Ewing, MSP Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Scottish Government
  •  Talk 2: James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink
  • Talk 3: Pete Ritchie, Executive Director, Nourish Scotland
  • Talk 4: Putting consumers at the heart of food policy; Sue Davies, Strategic Policy Partner, Which?
  •  Q&A: Chair: John Ingram, University of Oxford


  • Innovation and change in food delivery from grass-fed animal-based food production systems
  • The Role of SMEs and Social Enterprises in a resilient food system
  • Changing diets in changing times
  • Trouble pleasing everyone – What are the main pressures that tie farmers to intensive practices?
  •  The missing middle: making the food system more resilient
  • Consumer perspectives on resilient food systems


Public debate: Hard to swallow – Who’s really deciding what we eat?

    • Chair: Donald Reid, journalist and lecturer
    • Cate Devine, journalist
    • Alan Hayes, IGD
    • Liam Walsh, Sustainable Diets Manager, WWF
    • Francis Eatwell-Roberts, NHS Scotland

Event programme – 5 September 2019

Reflections on day 1: Jess Davies, Senior Lecturer in Sustainability, University of Lancaster and David Thomson, CEO, Scotland Food and Drink Federation



  • Skills and workforce for a resilient UK food system
  • Shaping a future resilient food strategy and food security assessment for the UK


Closing plenary and Q&A: Mary Brennan, University of Edinburgh and Scottish Food Coalition

Closing comments: John Ingram


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