2009 – 2013 Last updated: 20 Jul, 2015

Food Alliance is one of the key partnerships that VicHealth has supported since 2009. The Food Alliance helps to improve local and state-level food systems.

It works to promote policy initiatives to achieve a food system that ensures a sustainable food supply and healthy eating for the Victorian population. It brings people and organisations together to tackle the big issues in the food system from paddock to plate.

The Food Alliance was established in 2009 with funding from VicHealth. It is an independent research and advocacy group with the aim of identifying and progressing policy priorities that improve healthy eating, sustainability and equity across Victoria’s food system. It takes an innovative approach to improve local and state food systems and gives voice to concerns of stakeholders such as local government and community groups, while engaging in research into food systems and policy recommendations.

With additional funding The Victorian Food Systems Network project was established in mid- 2013. It builds on The Food Alliance activities and includes existing Food Alliance policy analysis and development activities. 

The Food Alliance has gained a reputation as a leader in food systems policy analysis within Victoria and Australia. They have built partnerships and engaged with broad stakeholders including:

  • Initiating a Thinker in residence program, hosting Professor Martin Caraher an International Professor in food policy
  • Organising many multi-sector events including the Fruit and Vegetable roundtable, Grassroots to Globalism seminar
  • Creating a strong and expanding alliance of Victorian food system stakeholders across community, producers, local and state government, health workers and food businesses
  • Influencing Plan Melbourne, the metropolitan Planning Strategy for Melbourne which relates to increasing Melbourne’s capacity for food production and protecting prime farmland. 
  • Influencing the development of the National Food plan especially in supporting food initiatives such as farmers’ markets.