Food Strategy

Healthy, sustainable and fair food for all

Launched in 2006, refreshed in 2012, Spade to Spoon: Digging Deeper sets out how collectively as a city we will achieve a vision of a healthy, sustainable and fair food system for Brighton & Hove.

The strategy aims to tackle health inequalities, reduce food poverty, support local food businesses and reduce the environmental impact of the way we produce, consume and dispose of food. The strategy has been adopted by Brighton & Hove City Council and the Local Strategic Partnership and is inspiring work in other cities.

The most ambitious plan yet

In November 2018, the latest five-year action plan was launched and adopted by the Health & Wellbeing Board. It is believed to be the most ambitious in the UK and contains 200 far-reaching actions involving almost 100 partners including 26 separate city council departments.

Over 600 people participated in the year-long consultation to gather commitments and ideas from across the city and beyond. The process was overseen by an Expert Panel.

A key priority for the plan is to focus on reducing inequalities, including prioritising those with the poorest diets or least access to healthy food.

This plan also looks beyond the boundaries of the city and will include working more closely with our neighbouring councils, the South Downs National Park, The Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere and national food policy organisations.

We are developing methods to measure the difference we are making. Find out more about measuring the impact of a citywide approach to food and to see our list of research opportunities for academic partners.

Download the Food Strategy Action Plan 2018-2023 – summary version and full version.

Going for gold

In 2015, Brighton and Hove became the UK’s first silver Sustainable Food City. With the new food strategy action plan now in place, it will act as a platform to ‘go for gold’ so that everyone can benefit from good food.

Find out more about Sustainable Food Cities and the #goldfoodcitybid

What are the benefits of having a citywide food strategy?

Having a citywide food strategy has made a real difference to people’s lives, improving people’s health, the environment and the local economy.

We are grateful to Olivier De Schutter for writing the foreword of our Food Strategy Action Plan, and highlighting below the importance of the work taking place in the city.


Our Food Strategy and Policy work is all kindly funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation



useful documents

Spade to Spoon Food Strategy - interactive PDF

Brighton & Hove's Food Strategy and Action Plan

Spade to Spoon Food Strategy - printable PDF

Brighton & Hove's Food Strategy and Action Plan

Food Strategy Action Plan 2018-2023 - Full version

Brighton and Hove Food Strategy Action Plan 2018-2023 full version

Food Strategy Action Plan 2018-2023 - Summary version

Summary version of the Brighton and Hove Food Strategy Action Plan 2018-2023

Food Poverty Action Plan 2015-18

The city's strategic Food Poverty Action Plan, covering 2015-18.

A wide range of partners are signed up to help deliver the Food Strategy.

  • Download the strategy document for the full list.
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