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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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Appetite for Change (A4C) will progress understanding of how university and community can work together to address food poverty.

Food poverty is a local, national and global problem. Incongruous with the growth in food poverty is the growth in food waste throughout the system, which has a dominant business model and an imbalance of power.

To address food poverty we need to understand the complex and interrelated facets of the system at the local level. Universities are anchor institutions in their locality and have knowledge and experience in connecting different disciplines and stakeholders to address complex challenges. 

This social innovation pilot will therefore, progress understanding of how university and community can work together to address food poverty in 6 localities through an alternative local food system.

The practical learning pilot unites six diverse local learning pilots that inform the complex system through the combination of each partner’s particular strength, e.g. technology, income generation, citizen engagement, social enterprise. 

A4C willset up Food Action Community Teams (FACT’s) to facilitate knowledge exchange between citizens, local actors and researchers.

The FACTS’s, will address food poverty by identifying local challenges and working together to co-create pilot project solutions and workshops that result in the co-production of knowledge and practical actions to contribute towards realising a local community driven food supply system.

Results will be fed into the Feeding Britain strategy.

Page last updated 3 March 2016