Colourful vegetables on a market stall

Mapping Local FoodWebs


Campaign to Protect Rural England

Total value of project


Project team

Professor Moya Kneafsey, Hannah Lambie


Professor Elizabeth Dowler (formerly University of Warwick), Inman Consulting

Duration of project

2008 - 2009

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Project overview

The aim of the project , commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, was to design a toolkit which would enable community groups to map the social, economic and environmental impacts of local foodwebs. The research team developed a prototype and provided training in the use of the toolkit.

  • The toolkit was used in 19 locations in total, and mapping reports were published by CPRE and used to develop a National Report, launched at the Houses of Parliament in 2012. It enabled community groups to generate new and important data about the social, economic and environmental impacts of local foodwebs in England. For example, it was estimated that 61,000 jobs were supported by local food sales. CPRE used the data to make policy recommendations to support the local food sector. The toolkit was translated into French and made freely available and adapted for online access.

  • National report on mapping local foodwebs (using the toolkit to generate results): From field to fork: the value of England's local foodwebs

    Latest version of the toolkit (developed from the original work by Coventry University) is available here: Mapping local foodwebs toolkit

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