Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

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Developing a new National Food Strategy for England - assessing Part One and priorities for Part Two

Morning, Thursday, 3rd December 2020

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference focuses on the National Food Strategy for England.

Bringing together key stakeholders and policymakers - including Henry Dimbleby, Independent Lead, National Food Strategy - delegates will assess Part One of the Strategy - and look ahead the publication of Part Two next year, which will inform the development of a White Paper due to be released later six months.

Key areas for discussion:

Perspectives on Part One

Assessing the Strategy’s focus on practical, pragmatic activities to be undertaken by government as a matter of urgency, around social welfare and trade designed to:

  • support the country through the turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • prepare for the end of the EU exit transition period on 31 December 2020

Delegates will discuss Part One proposals on:

  • improving the diets of the most deprived children through:
    • expanding eligibility for the Free School Meal scheme
    • extending the Holiday Activity and Food Programme
    • increasing the value of Healthy Start vouchers
    • extending the work of the Food to the Vulnerable Ministerial Task Force
  • putting sovereignty, standards, and scrutiny at the heart of any future trade strategy, asking the Government to:
    • only agree to cut tariffs in new trade deals on products which meet core standards across animal welfare, climate and the environment
    • adopt a statutory responsibility to commission and publish an independent report on any proposed trade agreements
    • give Parliament the time and opportunity to properly scrutinise any new trade deal

Priorities for Part Two and wider government policy

  • looking ahead to expected recommendations for more far-reaching reform of the UK food system, with emphasis on health and sustainability
  • considering how the National Food Strategy links with wider Government Policy including the Government’s Tackling obesity strategy and the Agriculture Bill

The agenda:

  • Progress on the National Food Strategy
  • Key priorities for the agricultural sector
  • Stakeholder perspectives on part one of the Strategy
    • Supporting access to good quality nutritious food for children and the vulnerable
    • Maintaining high environmental and animal welfare standards in future trading relationships
  • Stakeholder perspectives on part two of the strategy - developing a comprehensive plan for transforming the food system
  • Linking with wider Government policy and the obesity strategy

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons, as well as Defra; the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs; DHSC; the National Audit Office; and the Welsh Government.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from Defra, DHSC and other relevant Departments, representatives from agriculture, representatives of the food, drink and hospitality industry, including manufacturers, restaurants, retailers, and suppliers, local government officials, public health professionals, academics, charities and consumer groups, together with reporters from the national and trade media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Henry Dimbleby

Independent Lead, National Food Strategy; Co-Founder, Leon Restaurants and Lead Non-Executive Director, Defra

Minette Batters

President, National Farmers Union

Stephanie Slater

Founder & CEO, School Food Matters

Sarah Mukherjee

Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment


Baroness McIntosh of Pickering

Member, EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

Daniel Zeichner MP

Shadow Minister, Food, Farming and Rural Affairs


Emily Miles

Chief Executive Officer, Food Standards Agency

Ian Wright

Chief Executive, Food and Drink Federation

Stefano Agostini

Chief Executive Officer, Nestle UK