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Food Policy Groups Around the World

Food policy groups (FPGs) are most prevalent in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom—but FPGs are active and emerging in Western Europe, Central Europe, and Australia.

What’s in a Name?

Networks of food system stakeholders go by various names. Food policy council is the most commonly used term in North America, while food partnerships is most prevalent in the United Kingdom. While a group's name sets its tone and framework, we consider these groups similar enough to call them food policy groups (FPGs). Food policy groups share similar goals to make the food system more equitable, sustainable and resilient, but vary in their organizational structure, relationships with government, and funding sources. Below is a list of FPGs we have heard about from across the Global North. 

FPGs Around the World




Indigenous Territories/Canada



  • Map of German councils




  • Food Council MRA (Amsterdam) - Mentioned in Fischer, C., Gritsch, B., & Köhne, A. (2019, October). Strengthening an Alpine-Mediterranean Food System in the Mountains of South Tyrol. RUAF Urban Agriculture Magazine.

New Zealand


United Kingdom

United States

Note: We recognize that there are many additional grassroots food/farm/worker movements in the Global South that function outside of the scope of FPGs as conceived in this summary, so they are not included at this time. If you would like to add your FPG and contact information to this list, please email