In the late 1980s, when the national network of food organisations was just beginning to emerge, the food industry had been hit by a new wave of austerity.
The Government was spending a lot of money on the welfare of its citizens, but the cuts were making it hard for food to compete with supermarkets and fast food.
As a result, the industry needed a national network to help promote the new diet and offer the public information and advice on what to eat.
The first national network was launched in the early 1990s and since then, it has been the backbone of the food system.
As the food networks have expanded to other countries, their ability to serve a broader and wider range of people has grown.
But what are the key lessons they have learned?
This is an edited extract from the first part of a series of three-part articles by Mark Williams.
First, some background.
How did the food network get started?
The National Action Network was launched on the National Action Day in July 1991, and the aim was to build a network of organisations working in a range of different sectors and communities.
It was initially set up as a one-off initiative in response to a challenge from the Government, but over time, the network expanded.
What is a national action plan?
An action plan is a comprehensive plan that outlines the actions needed to achieve a specific objective.
Each national network has a unique set of priorities that have been developed by the network and are shared across all the networks.
For example, the national food network, for example, has an action plan for the food sector that includes recommendations for all the organisations involved.
In some cases, an action has already been implemented and it is not the network’s role to carry out the actual implementation.
For a network to be successful, it needs to have a large range of organisations involved in a coordinated way.
For instance, in some countries, the National Health Service (NHS) is responsible for delivering food, but this role is not a national responsibility.
What are the different national food networks?
There are four main national food systems: the food and nutrition sectors, the consumer and community food sectors, and voluntary organisations.
Each of these has its own set of objectives, which can include promoting healthy living and nutrition.
The food and health sectors have a range in common: they focus on food and feed security, public health, nutrition and physical activity, as well as tackling climate change and climate change-related disease.
The consumer and communities food sector focuses on issues including environmental sustainability, local communities and rural communities.
They also support businesses in the food supply chain and the wider food industry.
In addition to these different sectors, there are other types of organisations that are involved in various aspects of the sector.
These include: community food groups, which provide support for local food producers and small business owners, and are often part of community organisations, like local shops or schools; public health and food safety groups, such as the Health and Safety Executive; voluntary organisations, such at the grassroots level and in the workplace; and voluntary groups working in the environment, for instance for sustainability.
What can we expect from the national actions network?
The action plans are always evolving, and we will be watching the progress of each network closely.
As part of the National Actions Network, we have launched a series called The Food Action Plan.
This will provide a snapshot of the progress made by the food services sector over the past two decades.
In 2016, the Food Action Programme showed the network had made a significant impact, with over 7.6 million pounds of food products produced in the UK.
What will be happening next?
In 2018, we will continue to work with the food service sector to see how the network can better support them to meet the new challenges of climate change, climate change related disease, and other social and economic challenges.
We also plan to continue to invest in improving the network so that it can deliver the right kind of action plan to meet all the needs of the people who need it most.
What does the food policy industry make of this?
Food policy is a key industry that has made a lot out of the national and local food network programmes over the last 20 years.
As one of the world’s largest food companies, Cargill has a vested interest in making sure that the food systems it operates are able to provide the right level of protection for the people and communities that rely on them.
We believe that the best way to support these organisations is to support the network in the right way.
How can I get involved?
You can help shape the national foods network by getting involved in one of four ways.
Take action: The National Food Network is working with the National Food Action Network to ensure the network has the resources and support it needs for delivering a plan for delivering the right action plan.
To get involved, follow this link to get involved in the action plan: Feeding the Hungry: the National action plan